In June of 1935, a New York stockbroker and a surgeon from Ohio got together and found that with each other they do not have to live in the bottomless pit of alcoholism. These two men sitting and talking with each other was the start of one of, if not the greatest, movements of the 20th century.
Before Bill W. and Dr. Bob crossed paths, people that suffered from the disease of addiction were locked up in asylums, sedated, and left that way. They began to pass their message to others in New York and Ohio. It took four years for what was to become Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve the feat of 100 people enjoying a life of sobriety. In 1939, the basic text of the fellowship was published and that is where the 12 steps were first written.
In this fast-paced, ever changing world that we live in, people are always finding new ways to improve things. The twelve steps have remained the same since they were first presented to suffering alcoholics. This set of principles has now worked, and continues to work for millions of people across the globe. The steps only talk about alcohol and drugs (NA) once. That is in the first step. The remaining steps simply put, are designed for people to find a higher power, clean house, make amends for past wrongs, and carry the message to help others.
The steps are a model for self-change. They are principles that pave the road to a happy life. When put into application on a daily basis there is no greater sight to see. At Clearbrook, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to see this change take place first hand. To watch someone go from hopelessness to a life of happiness and helping others is something that you do not want to miss.