We, as AA members, understand that fear is not just an emotion; it’s often the very root of our life problems and the driving force behind our addiction.

Fear takes many forms in our lives, from the fear of failure and rejection to the fear of the unknown. It’s the fear of facing our past mistakes and the consequences of our actions that often keeps us trapped in the cycle of addiction. We fear the judgment of others, the shame of our past, and the daunting prospect of sobriety itself.

Fear is a relentless adversary that thrives in isolation. It festers in the shadows, whispering doubts and insecurities into our minds. It convinces us that we are not strong enough, not worthy enough, and not capable of change. Fear is the voice that tells us to reach for that drink, to numb the discomfort, and to escape from reality.

Yet, in AA, we discover a powerful antidote to fear. We find the courage to face our fears head-on, supported by a fellowship that understands our struggles. We learn that we are not alone in our fears, and that by sharing them with others, their grip on us loosens.

The Twelve Steps of AA offer us a structured path to confront our fears. We admit our powerlessness over alcohol, confront our past, make amends for our wrongdoings, and seek a deeper spiritual connection. Through these actions, we slowly dismantle the walls that fear built around us.

As we progress in our recovery, we begin to replace fear with faith. We develop faith in ourselves, in the program, and in a higher power of our understanding. This faith becomes a source of strength, allowing us to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and serenity.

In AA, we learn that fear is a natural part of the human experience, but it no longer has to dictate our actions. We find the tools to confront fear, to challenge its authority over us, and to emerge on the other side stronger and more empowered. Fear may have once been the root of our problems, but in recovery, we uncover the seeds of courage that blossom into a life free from the chains of addiction.

  • Ketsigr

    (noun) The victorious sense of serenity achieved in AA through the gradual dissolution of fear; the attainment of inner peace and tranquility as fear loses its grip on the individual in recovery; from Indonesian “ketenangan” (serenity, calmness) and Old Norse “Sigr” (victory).

    Ketsigr goes beyond the victory over fear; it represents a transformation of the human spirit. It encapsulates the remarkable journey of individuals in recovery as they navigate the challenging path toward sobriety, gradually shedding the weight of their fears, and ultimately embracing an inner serenity that stands as a testament to their resilience and determination. This term underscores the essence of the AA program, where members experience a triumphant inner awakening, akin to a sunrise after a long night of darkness, as they conquer the once-overwhelming grip of fear, paving the way for a life characterized by enduring peace, self-discovery, and personal growth.

  • Pavorefugium

    (noun) The concept of fear serving as a refuge or escape from facing the realities of one’s addiction and the need for change; the tendency to use fear as a defense mechanism against taking responsibility for one’s actions and behaviours; from Latin “pavor” (fear) and “refugium” (refuge).

  • Terroinventio

    (noun) The discovery and exploration of underlying fears during the process of working the Twelve Steps in AA; the act of identifying and addressing deep-seated fears as a crucial aspect of recovery; from Latin “terrorem” (terror, fear) and “inventio” (discovery).

  • Timoranon

    (noun) The anonymous fear that often accompanies early attendance at AA meetings or the sharing of personal experiences; the apprehension of revealing one’s identity or vulnerabilities to a group of strangers. from Latin “timor” (fear) and “anonymus” (anonymous).

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