A relatively new student here is adjusting well, thanks to a good deal of natural charm. But now his not-so-charming side is beginning to show: disrespectful, defiant, and even mean. When confronted about these behaviors, he promises to do better, but his impulses continue to win out. "What about using the Steps? What about a higher power?" a friend asked him at the table recently.
"I haven't seen proof that the program works," he said. At which point a dozen hands shot up around the table. One after another students shared dramatic examples of recovery from among the staff, alumni, one another, and themselves.
We believe the 12 Steps are a way of life, and the proof of their working is all around this young man. Overwhelmed by the response to his remark, he said would give them a try.