The 12-step therapist explains the AA view of alcoholism and
interprets slips and resistance to AA in terms of the power of alcoholism
and the dynamics of denial.
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We admitted we were powerless over our dual illness of chemical
dependency and emotional or psychiatric illness—that our
lives had become unmanageable.
We came to believe that a Higher Power of our understanding could
restore us to sanity.
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care
of our Higher Power, to help us to rebuild our lives in a positive
and caring way.
We made a searching and fearless personal inventory of ourselves.
We admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human
being, the exact nature of our liabilities and our assets.
We were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all our liabilities.
We humbly asked our Higher Power to remove these liabilities and
to help us to strengthen our assets for recovery.
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to
make amends to them all.
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when
to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued
to take personal inventory, and when wrong promptly admitted it,
while continuing to recognize our progress in dual recovery.
11. We sought
through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with
our Higher Power, praying only for knowledge of our Higher Power's
will for us and the power to carry that out.
had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to
carry this message to others who experience dual disorders and to
practice these principles in all our affairs.
from Dual Recovery Anonymous 1993–2004.