Perspective: The Three Phases of Step Two

by Ed H. We came to A.A. and started to go to meetings. Then we came to believe that only a Power Greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. The second step builds on the first step. We are asked to go beyond admitting our personal powerlessness, to accept that there are powerful spiritual resource … Continued


Perspective: Keeping Step Two Simple

Dr. Bob’s last words to Bill Wilson may turn out to be his greatest legacy. Speaking about the AA program, he said, “Remember, Bill, let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple.” Step Two is a wonderful place to begin heeding Dr. Bob’s sage advice.


Perspective: The beginning of freedom

One crucial insight that I learned through my struggles with Step One was that the suffering and adverse consequences related to my drinking were never enough for me to reach my final bottom. Adverse consequences included many hospital trips, a few psychiatric/crisis visits, broken bones, numerous blackouts, loneliness, isolation, legal and financial problems … the list could go on and on. But until that complete and utter surrender came, I continued to fight.


Perspective: Every Journey Begins With a Single Step

Step One is always there, asking more of me than any other step likely will. From my perspective, that’s a good thing, particularly now that I’ve completed my Continuing Care program. I feel like its time to put on my big boy pants and live like a normal person, only not so normal. I heard someone once say that addicts are a little crazy. I can live with crazy, what I can’t live with is the old me, the one that lied.


Perspective: Present for the Holidays

If I had continued drinking there was a very good chance I would not actually have been here to write this today. My addiction would have robbed my family of a father and husband. It would have been a much different holiday experience for my wife and children had I not been able to be here with them to share in the joy.