An Authentic Attitude of Gratitude

By Steve K. Throughout my recovery I’ve struggled with cultivating an attitude of gratitude towards my life and circumstances. I have suffered with a depressive condition and physical health difficulties all my adult life, which have greatly influenced my viewpoint or “frame of reference”. I’m a long-term member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and find it […]

Recovery and Spiritual Bypassing

By Steve K. While I’m committed to the practise of spiritual principles as a part of my recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, the emphasis within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) on being accepting, compassionate, tolerant and loving etc and of “practising these principles in all our affairs”, combined with literal interpretation of fellowship literature, can lead […]

How Do The Twelve Steps Work?

By Steve K. I’ve often heard it said in AA meetings that “I don’t know how the Twelve Steps work, but they just do.”  Personally I have never found that statement particularly helpful. Taken literally, the Steps suggest that we can be healed from our illness by accepting it, by belief in God or a […]

The Trees of Addiction & Recovery

By Steve K. Trauma Informed Model of Addiction At the bottom of the addiction tree is the soil and seeds of addiction, which consists of emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual neglect or abuse. These are combined with innate hereditary factors.  This unhealthy foundation creates the tree’s roots – the very painful feeling of toxic shame […]

Steps Six & Seven

By Steve K. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” And… “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” These two Steps involve willingness, humility and practice. Step Six requires a natural willingness to be free of the character defects discovered in Steps Four and Five. The painful awareness of our […]

Podcast Interview & Book Review – The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.

By Steve K and John S.  Listen to the podcast:   This week’s podcast features an interview with Steve K. who discusses his book, The 12 Step Philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Interpretation by Steve K. Inspired by Aristotle’s “Virtue Ethics,” Stoic philosophy and the liberal principles embedded in AA history; Steve interprets the Steps from a […]