In the 1935 a fellowship was born. Alcoholic Anonymous started when one alcoholic named Bill W spoke to another alcoholic instead of going into a bar and drinking. They found that if two alcoholics had the genuine desire to stop drinking, speaking about their experiences and relating to each other was sufficient to stay sober for another day.

The 12 steps was also born though these interactions. The first 100 members of AA sat together and adopted some of the principals from the Oxford Group.
Spiritual practices

To be spiritually reborn, the Oxford Group advocated four practices set out below:[11]:9

  1. The sharing of our sins and temptations with another Christian.
  2. Surrender our life past, present and future, into God’s keeping and direction.
  3. Restitution to all whom we have wronged directly or indirectly.
  4. Listening for God’s guidance, and carrying it out.

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From those key principals the 12 steps were born. Step 4 is arguably one of the most important steps in the process of finding freedom from the obsession and compulsion to continue destroying our lives.

‘Made a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves’
Like most of the steps and work that you do in a 12 step fellowship, what you put in is what you get out. If by the time you reach Step Four, you’re not able to be as honest as is required for this crucial step, then you’re going to have to go back to step one. Step One, Two and Three are the foundation steps that make it possible to engage with the rest of the program with honesty, integrity and courage.
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