Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Alcoholics Anonymous bills itself as the only cure for alcoholism (one that requires constant lifelong meetings no less). But now that we’ve made it all the way through to Step 12 we see no promised sobriety. Just a “spiritual awakening”, originally worded as “spiritual experience” but edited when members complained they weren’t having them.
The steps which supposedly result in this awakening were admitting we were terrible, relinquishing our wills, endlessly confessing our sins, and dabbling in the occult. This has nothing to do with alcohol!
The early wording of this step told members to spread their gospel “to others, especially alcoholics” and promoted AA as a religion for the whole family. Now that there are family twelve step groups like Al-Anon, Alateen, and Adult Children of Alcoholics, the steps says to only recruit actual drunks to this branch of the mega cult.
What principles exactly are AA members supposed to practice in all their affairs? Infantile helplessness or constant confession? And why wasn’t “drink less or not at all” even mentioned in passing as part of these steps? The only explanation that makes sense is that AA is a cult.