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Following Suggestions

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I’ve completed seven years of abstinence and recovery in OA, yet until recently had always been puzzled by this quotation from “How It Works”: “Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., p. 59). Why simply “suggestions”? I had come to believe that my recovery depended on following these Twelve Steps to the best of my ability. To me, these were not merely suggestions, but mandatory keys to success. Then, on my seventh anniversary, I suddenly understood. Someone shared that we receive daily messages and insights from our Higher Power. We can

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