The 12th step is about living a new life and giving back to the community that has helped us achieve sobriety and a new life. This is cultivating the virtue of charity. You share your experience with those who have not yet found the road. You guide them along the path. You reach out for those who are still suffering.
Certainly charity is a strong tradition in most spiritual practices. What is this way of life if we do not help others who seek it and need our insight and guidance? This is not about proselytizing. It is about giving a hand up to those who reach up to be helped. We do not run around trying to push our program on others. Through our example in leading lives infinitely better and more productive than we once lived, those who need the program will be attracted to our way of life and may ask how we did it. We make sure we never turn our back on those in need of recovery who truly want it.
"It feels good to see a young woman come into the room who is scared and confused and watch her be transformed over weeks, months, and years. Whenever I take a newcomer under my wings, it reminds me of where I was and how far I've come. It reminds me of the miracle of recovery." Jessica R.
"I like to help the worst cases. Why? I was a worst case. I was the guy living under the bridge at the end of drinking. These people often scare the average person in recovery. Not many people get into recovery who got that far down the path to death and misery. I owe my life to the people who took the risk and helped me. And it will keep me alive helping those who come after me." Jim C.