Studies have shown consistently that those who attend Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in an attempt to conquer a
problem with alcoholism are among the most likely to successfully beat the problem.
In this article, well examine some of the basic beliefs of the Alcoholics Anonymous program the first six of the
twelve steps as they are commonly known.
Many people live their lives based on the twelve step program and they find that it makes it all the easier to
keep them from drinking.
The first step in AA is to admit that you are powerless over alcohol, and that your life
has become unmanageable.
Honesty is one of the first things to go when an individual becomes an alcoholic, and it consequently needs to
become one of the first things to address when trying to get over the problem.
The second step is to work with your faith. This step involves making an admission that
the only way that you will be able to beat your problem with alcoholism is to rely on a force greater than your own
to help restore your life, be it God or any other spiritual force that may guide you.
The third step to Alcoholics Anonymous is based upon surrender. This step involves letting
go of the life that you previously lived that contributed to your problem with alcoholism, and turning it over to a
force greater than yourself.
The fourth step of AA can be difficult for many people to face up to. This step involves
making a moral inventory of your life, not leaving out any aspect of yourself due to fear.
Only by acknowledging the bad parts of your life will you be able to successfully work towards removing them.
This is a true step of transformation as you begin to learn more about yourself, both good and bad.
The fifth step is said to be the most difficult by many individuals. This step elaborates
on step four, and it involves admitting to your higher power, yourself, and the others in your life the exact
nature of the problems that are present within your life.
While it may not be that difficult to confront yourself or speaking to your higher power, many people find that
it is a struggle to admit their problems to other individuals.
It works as a type of baptism, in the way that you are facing up to the problems of your past and working
towards creating a better future.
Did You Know
Alcoholism is influenced by both hereditary and environmental factors. Addictions,
particularly addictions to alcohol tend to run in families and it is known that genes to play a
role in that process.
Research has shown in recent years that people who have/had alcoholic parents are
more likely to develop the same disorder themselves.
Interestingly, men have a greater propensity towards alcoholism in this
circumstance than women. People with lowered inhibitions are at an even greater risk for becoming
The two main characteristics for becoming addicted to alcohol stem from having an
immediate family member who is an alcoholic and having a high-risk personality.
A person with a high-risk personality is one where he or she has lower inhibitions
and thrives on taking risks in most all situations.
If a person comes from a family with one or more alcoholics and likes to take
risks, they should recognized that they are at what is considered high risk for becoming an
At this time, it is thought that the genetic tendency toward
alcoholism in a person does not ensure that he or she will become an alcoholic but instead
just means that those people feel the effects of the alcohol more intensely and quickly. In
effect, the determination of genetic risk is only a determination of higher risk toward the
addiction and not necessarily an indication of future alcoholism.
The sixth step in the program involves accepting yourself as you are. In this step, you
need to ensure that you are ready to give up all of the faults that were holding you back in your previous
It can be difficult to do, considering that you have probably become quite comfortable in the way that you were
formerly living your life.
Talk to someone if you find that drinking is becoming a problem. Seek the assistance of
Alcoholics Anonymous. That's what they are there for.
It is a key step, however, when it comes to advancing your life past the point that it is at.
Hopefully, this article helped to clear up some of the basics of the Alcoholics Anonymous program for you.
Many find it to be useful, and you should seriously consider attending meetings if you have a problem with