May 15, 2005

A Spiritual Program of Recovery


"Alcoholism is a grievous and often fatal malady of the mind and body. We have found that these awful conditions invariably bring on the third phase of our malady. This is the sickness of the spirit; a sickness for which there must necessarily be a spiritual remedy.

We AA's recognize this in the first five words of Step Twelve. Those words are:
'Having had a spiritual awakening...' Here we name the remedy for our threefold sickness of body, mind, and soul."

Bill W., The Language of the Heart, p. 297

Thought to Consider . .

"When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically."

Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64

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