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Taking the Twelve Steps prepares us to have a spiritual awakening or a spiritual experience page 569 in Alcoholics Anonymous These phrases refer to the change in our thinking attitudes and outlook that occurs after taking the steps This change frees us from active addiction Applying the steps in our daily lives enables us to establish and improve our conscious contact with God or our Higher Power Many in our fellowship believe that the greatest safeguard in preventing relapse lies in consistent application of the Twelve Steps Newcomers often ask When should I take the steps Page 34 of the Big Book states Some of them will be drunk high the day after making their resolutions not to use again most of them within a few weeks The choice ultimately is up to the reader of this pamphlet but a full understanding of Step One can often provide the willingness necessary to take the other eleven steps STEP ONE We admitted we were powerless over cocaine and all other mind-altering substances- that our lives had become unmanageable Our powerlessness operates on three levels 1 A physical allergy to cocaine which makes it virtually impossible for us to stop using once we start 2 A mental obsession which makes it impossible to stay sober permanently on our own pages 24 and 34 and 3 A spiritual malady which separates us from our Higher Powers ability to get and keep us sober Many of us assumed that Step One meant we couldnt get high anymore because we couldnt handle using at all In fact it really means that barring divine intervention we are unable to stay away from that first hit line or whatever pages 24 and 34 and that we will use again and again no matter how much we want to stay sober The second part of Step One refers to how we are unable to manage our
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