My Name is Paul and I Am an Alcoholic

I have been re-sharing some of my most read posts through the month of August. This one is the first in my series on the 12 Steps. My next post will be on Step 8. My prayer is that churches can learn how to better minister to those in recovery from addictions of various kinds.

A Second Time Paul

One Thursday each month I will share one post on one of the 12 Steps. Recovery is an area of life that 12 Step groups have done amazing work with, yet many churches (and other community groups) struggle with what to do. My hope is that this series will help those who are not in recovery learn more about their friends and family members who are in recovery. I welcome any feedback, questions, and concerns you may have!

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.” Step 1

“The idea that somehow, someday [the alcoholic] will control and enjoy his liquor drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is…

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