Alcoholism : A Serious Issue

1311 WordsOct 23, 20146 Pages
Alcoholism has become a serious issue in the United States, especially with adolescence. It seems that this epidemic is reaching children at a young age, and treatment for this disease is questionable. People turn to alcohol to escape and not feel whatever it is that they are going through. Most alcoholics drink because they cannot deal with being sober, and eventually they drink to overcome the severe mental craving for alcohol. Alcoholism destroys families, it affects everyone close to the alcoholic in a negative way, and work/school suffers. Relationships suffer due to alcoholism, and often the alcoholic loses family and friends. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this…show more content…
Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve-Steps are as follows: 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 7. Humble asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscience contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 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. In working these twelve steps, people will grow spiritually without even knowing it. It changes ones perspective on the world and the people in it. Suddenly, old ideas are cast to one side, and a new set
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