Category: 12 Step Recovery Articles

Why is the 8th Step Important?

The 8th step seems to be overlooked by many people in recovery.  Out of all the steps, this one has the least information written about it in the Big Book.  In fact, the entirety of the information the Big Book gives us about step…

4 Prayers You’ll Want to Memorize Now

There’s an abundance of prayers in the world that have proven useful to people in recovery who want to enhance their relationship with God.  The four prayers selected below not only accomplish this, but take on a deeper meaning when they are recited from…

5 Ways to Wreck Your Amends

Some people come into recovery scared to make amends. Other people are eager to make amends.  Regardless of which group you belong to, or even if you’re somewhere in between, your amends will be so much more effective when you can avoid making the 5 mistakes…

How to Make Amends: A Quick Guide

Amends can be confusing enough to intimidate the most seasoned person in recovery, let alone the newcomer.  After all, the word used in the Big Book to describe “this phase of our development” is “painstaking” (p. 83), a truth to which anyone who has attempted…

Exactly How Many Times Does the Big Book Mention God?

If you read “7 Names for God You’ll Wish You Understood Sooner”, then you don’t have to ask “how many times does the word God appear in the Big Book?”  Though, it is an impressive number when you stop to consider how many pages…

3 Prayers Every Atheist Should Know

It’s no secret many people enter 12 step recovery as an atheist or agnostic.  According to the Big Book, half the original fellowship did (p. 44), and, for a variety of reasons, it wouldn’t be surprising if the number of atheists and agnostics who…

7 names for God You’ll Wish You Understood Sooner

Throughout the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous there are 134 instances of the word God.  In addition, there are over 20 words and phrases which Bill W. uses to refer to God. FUN FACT: When a word or phrase appears capitalized in the Big…

Character Defects vs. Shortcomings: What’s the Difference?

It is no secret Bill W. (as one of the leading contributors to the book, Alcoholics Anonymous) liked to vary the words he used in his writing.  This tactic helps keep material fresh, readers engaged, and subjects interesting. However, there are unintended consequences that…