(Inspired by -- and taken from -- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Step Two

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

“The moment they read Step Two, most A.A. newcomers are confronted with a dilemma, sometimes a serious one. How often have we heard them cry out, ‘Look what you’ve done to us! You have convinced us that we are alcoholics and our lives are unmanageable. Having reduced us to a state of absolute helplessness, you now declare that non but a Higher Power can remove our obsession. Some of us won’t believe in God, others can’t, and still others who do believe that God exists have no faith whatever He will perform this miracle. Yes, you’ve got us over a barrel, all right -- but where do we go from here?’”

Thus we take Step Two. For just as our recovery is lived one day at a time, so too does A.A. work best when we take things step-by-step. You’d be surprised what placing one foot in front of the other can do.

Granted this is a big Step to take. The belligerent one sees his whole philosophy of life being threatened. Those who’ve lost faith become defiant. The intellectually self-sufficient remain too smart for their own good. The self-righteous stay mired in their own self-righteousness. Even the devout can still find himself believing God doesn’t believe in him.

No matter where you stand on the God Question, A.A. asks only that you have an open mind. Whether you believe in the birds and the bees or Adam and Eve, Zeus or Jesus, the Almighty or universal omniscience, or what have you. Take the Step and the rest will follow.

For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

If Step Two leaves belief up to the individual, Tradition Two shows how it manifests in group form. Having taken that leap of faith, we no longer feel the need to impose our will upon others. Creatures of God, however we see Him expressed, we become stewards. Ask any elder statesman and he’ll tell you point blank: “We’re servants, not senators.” And they’ll quite likely quickly add, “Now how can I help?”

Since we at Recovery Boot Camp firmly adhere to Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 Step Program, we swear by both the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions. And as adherents, we've only one question to ask of the addict:

"How can we help?"

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