A.A. Grapevine, February 1945. Vol. 1 No. 10
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another
human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
This is a tough step and takes courage to do. It is, however, a step that
can be done if you make sufficient effort.
It is not new. The Catholic church uses it in their confessional and the psychiatrist uses it. Drinking is caused by inner conflicts and the only way to get rid of these conflicts is to bring them out in the open and destroy them. Wrongs cause conflicts, hence the necessity of this step.
Take the first phrase, “Admitted to God.” How do you do this? First learn humility so that you can ask help in a humble manner. If you have difficulty in admitting the actuality of a supreme power, work on the premise that there might be one. Once you get your mind in tune with the infinite it is not difficult to realize that you have no secrets from God…