Addictions – Step 2


How to take it: (Suggestions)

a) Take this step with a member of the group.

b) Read each question out loud, mark yes or no to each one; and

c) If you are convinced of each question, you will be feeling comfortable with Step 2, and     should move to the next step.

What should I do if I’m not convinced?

a) Let a member of the group know of your problem. Review the step with him/her.  Pin       point the part of the step you are having problems with.  BE HONEST!

b) Go back to the previous Step, perhaps the problem is there.  “Am I sincerely convinced     of Step 1?”

c) Read and re-read the chapter which carries the main thrust on Step 2, Chapter 4, “We       Agnostics,” pages 44-57.  Read it 100 times if necessary.

d) Go to as many meetings as possible hearing and listening for the words that will help        convince you.

What I am convinced of when I say:


1. I am convinced that I have to find a power, other than human power, to replace the power of alcoholism. YES___NO___

2. I am convinced that my own code of morals or philosophy of living is insufficient.   I cannot stay comfortable on a continuing basis, my way (because of alcoholism).  YES___NO___

3. I am convinced that my human intelligence is not enough to keep me continually comfortable on my own (because of alcoholism).  YES___NO___

4. I am convinced my idea that self-sufficiency would solve my problems did not work.  Self-sufficiency means staying comfortable without help. YES___NO___

5. I am convinced I never gave the spiritual life a fair hearing on a constant and continuing basis.  Spiritual means believing in some power other than human power.


6. I am convinced that lack of power was my dilemma.  My own will power, so far as alcoholism is concerned, is nil.  I cannot stop using addictions and feel comfortable on will power alone (because of alcoholism).  YES___NO___

7. I am convinced that believing in a “Power greater than ourselves” is a strength, not a weakness. YES___NO___

8. I am convinced that constantly believing in a “Power greater than ourselves” will give me purpose and direction in life, without addictions.  Constant means each and every day and sometimes many times during the day. YES___NO___

9. I am convinced that in the final analysis only I can tap the Power that’s available to us all. I believe that deep down in me is the fundamental idea of God.  I have to find the Great Reality deep down within myself. YES___NO___

10. I am convinced that a constant belief in a “Power greater than ourselves” will eventually take away or remove my obsession to use addictions.  Obsession means the thought or idea that somehow, someday I will control and return safely to my addictions.


11. I am convinced that, when the obsession that I can go back to my addiction has been taken away or removed, I have been restored to sanity. It’s the thought and ideas before using that is the insanity of my thinking. YES___NO___

12. I am convinced that probably no human power could have relieved my alcoholism

(Page 60).  YES___NO___

13. I am convinced that God could and would if He were sought.  I have to make the effort (Page 60).  YES___NO___

14. I am convinced when thousands of AA’s throughout the world say that the presence of this Power is today the most important fact of their lives, I believe. YES___NO___

15. I am convinced that I have to ask for help everyday and sometimes many times during the day if I am to re-create my life. YES___NO___


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