From the Podium: Stories about AAs getting involved in service

Step, Tradition, and Story of the Month

Step Twelve: “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.”

Joy of living is the theme of the Twelfth Step. Action its keyword. Giving that asks no reward. Love that has no price tag. What is spiritual awakening? A new state of consciousness and being is received as a free gift. Readiness to receive free gift lies in practice of Twelve Steps. The magnificent reality. Rewards of helping other alcoholics. Kinds of Twelfth Step work. Problems of Twelfth Step work. What about the practice of these principles in all our affairs? Monotony, pain and calamity turned to good use by practice of Steps. Difficulties of practice. “Two-stepping.” Switch to “twelve-stepping” and demonstrations of faith. Growing spiritually is the answer to our problems. Placing spiritual growth first. Domination and overdependence. Putting our lives on give-and-take basis. Dependence upon God necessary to recovery of alcoholics. “Practicing these principles in All our affairs”: Domestic relations in A.A. Outlook upon material matters changes. So do feelings about personal importance. Instincts restored to true purpose. Understanding is key to right attitudes, right action key to good living.


Tradition Twelve: “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

Spiritual substance of anonymity is sacrifice. Subordinating personal aims to the common good is the essence of all Twelve Traditions. Why A.A. could not remain a secret society. Principles come before personalities. One hundred percent anonymity at the public level. Anonymity is real humility.


Meet our Area 28 Liaison:
My name is Sean and I am an alcoholic, my sobriety date is 1/30/2017. I currently live in Portland, ME. My story in a nutshell is, I was born and raised in New Jersey. I started drinking and using drugs when I was 12 years old and it had gotten out of control by the time I was 20 years old. I went to my first rehab in 2014 in Florida where I turned 21 while I was there. I managed to put together a year and a half sober while I was down there by just going to meetings. After that time there I thought I had this thing licked and so I went back home and having had no recovery I picked back up for 7 months. That led to my 2nd time going to rehab where I put together 7 months still without having worked any steps and picked back up. After picking back up I slowly made my way north leaving wreckage all along the east coast. I finally made my way to Maine where I attended my 3rd rehab and was determined to do something differently this time. With that determination I got a sponsor and worked the 12 steps, after getting out of the 90 day treatment center I got involved in the AA community, became active in service, and the YPAA community. I feel the reason it is sticking this time is because I jumped head first into service and doing the work. I am currently the registration chair for NECYPAA and just joined the Boston bid for ICYPAA as the Area 28 Liaison. My life these days are second to none and wouldn’t trade them for anything and its only credited to doing the work, being of service to others, and taking interest in those around me.