Originally Posted by theprestige
And you are wrong. The steps explicitly state that it is NOT anything to do with yourself.
Step 1:We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step one explicitly states that the individual has bugger all control.
Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step two explicitly hands over power to an external agent. It is a fundamental abdication of personal responsibility.
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Yay. Blatant theism.
Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
No issue there
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Oh here we go. No God there, no sir.
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
And now it is God's problem, not the individuals. If only they had faith enough.
Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
And now we have to worship him/her/it/housecat and bend the knee.
Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Wow. Talk about grovelling.
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Invitation to proselytize
Now brothers and sisters let us conclude with the lords prayer (Yes, they do that at every meeting).
It is simply another example of the religious preying on the most vulnerable. Pretending it is anything else is just stupid.
So what about their success rate? It has been measured. It is the single worst method for recovery. It is worse than spontaneous recovery.