Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery


Welcome to the website of the book Practice These Principles.

Much has been written about working the Steps and staying sober; little about practicing the principles and living sober. Our book and site hope to help remedy that. Both are focused on exploring the wealth of wisdom in that memorable phrase which concludes the Twelve Steps: "practice these principles in all our affairs."

Though generally glossed over and misunderstood, those seven words are crucial. They mark the path that leads beyond not drinking toward achieving the three key goals of recovery in AA. These are spiritual growth, character development, and emotional sobriety. They are what will bring us the freedom and the joy of living that the program promises us.

If these goals have meaning for you and you are interested in how 12-Step recovery might help you work toward them, then you may wish to join us in this exploration, whether you are in AA, in another fellowship, have a religious affiliation, or have no affiliation at all.

This site will introduce you to the book and through a variety of features seek to widen and deepen our understanding and practice of the principles as they relate to our individual, everyday lives.

We hope that you will find the book and the site useful in your journey of recovery. This is a work in progress. We would like to make Practice These Principles a better tool for doing just what the title proposes. Your sharing and suggestions are welcome.

  Daily Bread

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what is not true; the other is to refuse to believe what is.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Recent Posts

02/29/15: "Truth? What Is Truth? in "Reflections"

02/21/15: I’m Mohammed, and I’m a drug addict.” A 12-Step fellowship carries the message to the back alleys of Iran, helping over 400,000 to recover (CBS, 02/19/15). In “Links,” at the Public Level

01/30/15: Fear, in "Emotions"

01/18/15: "Joe's Woes and the First AA Group at a Hospital," added to AA History Timeline

12/27/14: New Feature: AA History Timeline

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