Definition of Help
The action of helping someone to do something.

of Help:
Assistance, aid, a helping hand, support, advice, guidance, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs. Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


We can only be helped if we want to be helped. That is only one half of it. The other half is, we must have faith that the program has power to help.  –Elder’s Meditation | More…

Our problem has been in recognizing helping hands.
Lost in self-pity, we could hardly have recognized help when it was given.

Nor were we capable of giving constructive assistance to others.
Our task is to change our thinking about the past and to be grateful for the people who were kind to us. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B | More…


Recovery calls for reaching out and asking for help from our Higher Power, from our program, and from our friends in recovery. In asking for help, we acknowledge that we can’t do it all by ourselves. We surrender once again to powerlessness. –Body, Mind, and Spirit | More…

Many religions have different names for Beings.
Some are called angels, some are called spirits.

These Spirit Beings are helpers.
They guide us, protect us and will help us during our times of need.

Sometimes they give us dreams.
We need not be afraid when these Spirit Helpers come. We need to understand they are the Creator’s helpers. –Elders | More…


There was little love in our hearts.
We had become selfish. This caused us to be lonely.

Then something happened to change all of that.
Remember the first time you walked into a meeting?

You were met by people who shared.
Helping others is a great way to hold on to sobriety.
Love is the reward of love. –Keep It Simple | More…

With the freedom of sobriety, we have a responsibility to help other addicts who still suffer. The program tells us this in Step Twelve.

Tradition Five of the Twelve Traditions says, “Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” It means we get better by helping others. –Keep It Simple | More…


After many years in the program, my first instinct is still to go it alone and figure things out for myself. But I also have a tried-and-true tool as well, which is to ask for help when I need it. This has helped me immeasurably and given me solutions I never would have come up with on my own. –Wisdom of the Rooms | More….


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