Step 12. 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.

All the steps are listed on pages 59 & 60, but this is where the instructions for this step can be found in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.


AA, p. 89, paragraph 1 and 2

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill.

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends - this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.

HOMEWORK Read Chapter 7. (Guidance on passing it on.)

You gotta give it away to keep it!

One requirement at this point, pass this on to one other person, the same way it was passed on to you.

This period of sponsorship is over. God or your Higher Power is the only one who has all the answers to your problems or concerns. I am now a simply friend.

Do you have any questions?

Suggested Readings:

Dr Bob and The Good Oldtimers
AA Big Book - Dr Bob's Nightmare (page 171)
Whatever books your local priest, minister, or rabbi recommend
Remember - you have reading homework, AA pages 76-83 and also ALL of Chapter 7 Working With Others