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Step 12

Step 12: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."

One of the indications that you have had a genuine spiritual awakening is that you want to share this experience with others. You want them to be as happy as you are. You want to help them have a similar experience. This step suggests that we do just that, that we "carry the message." It is also a well known spiritual principle that to keep our own spirituality strong and fresh we must "pass it on." So what we call 12th step work is for you as well as for others.

How you carry the message is up to you. Any kind of service helps. You may donate your time and money to LAA. You may sponsor someone. Every time you answer a post on the message board you are practicing the 12th step.

Recovery is about change. Sometimes the changes are obvious when you are in a support group. But the support group is like a hot house protecting delicate flowers. The real test is when you go out into the world. Can you practice what you have learned in LAA when you go to work or socialize with your friends? Can your recovery stand up against your next romantic relationship? This is the question.


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