Step 0 (zero) of Alcoholics Anonymous

If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it – then you are ready to take certain steps. [Big Book, page 58, line 16]

So, there are at least two preconditions to taking the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first of these is that you want to be sober. The second is that you must take these steps until they take you.

After all,…it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any length for victory over alcohol. [Big Book, page 78, line 25]

…we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience…..[Big Book, page 79, line 7]

If you came in touch with A.A. the way we did, you really don’t need to want what we have right away. For now, it’s enough that you don’t want what you have, and that you’re ready to go to any lengths to get rid of it! We boast that A.A. is a program of attraction, which it is. It seems, nevertheless, that many enter the doors of A.A. not because they are attracted to A.A., but because they are repelled from the alcoholic life they already have. So be it.


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