Twelve steps

As a drunk, my priorities were all about myself as it was in my early sobriety. There were times when the fear of falling back into drunkenness overwhelmed me. I lost this fear by attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on a regular basis. By following the lead of my fellows disasters were avoided. Eventually the fear of failure disappeared. It stopped being about me, I was not cured but the impulse to imbibe had been replaced by the prescribed discipline, The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Sobriety has set me on a pathway to a recovery that has no destination and has taught me that I can have a meaningful future, but that it is dependent on what I do today. I applied myself to the Twelve Steps where, on completion, I was confronted with this call to action…

“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
—Step Twelve, Alcoholics Anonymous


A spiritual awakening, for me, is a way of coming to terms with my reality. Reality had always been present but I had anesthetised myself against it. My new reality is that I am an Alcoholic. Erratic emotions had been replaced by a feeling of purpose in Alcoholism. Gratitude for my new reality expresses itself in service to my fellow Alcoholics. The most motivating service is contact with the broken Alcoholic.

Human beings are destined to cooperate with each other. My position as an Alcoholic in recovery compels me to pass the message of recovery on to other Alcoholics. Because I found my way out, I feel compelled to guide others out of the darkness and into the light. In doing this I can review reflections of myself, if I had not found this path, in these unfortunates strengthening my own sobriety.

“Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? . . . No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; it is only the first gift of the first awakening. If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. And if it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life—the one that did not work—for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.”
—Bill W., December 1957

12th Step

Alcoholics call out for help everyday so we need members to be there to assist. Numerous outreach programs exist but the most important, by far, are the 12th Steppers. 12th Steppers are members who specialise in the first contact with Alcoholics. People that are not necessarily sober but are generally anxious to get help.

Responsible members are always needed to take part in this valuable sevice so use the application form below if you feel you can help. Members would only be asked to speak to Alcoholics of their own sex and can pair up with others if you wish. To get on these lists you must have 12 months sobriety and your sponsors agreement.

I am responsible……. when anyone anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A always, to be there. And for that: I am responsible.

    Reaching Out in Service