The Two Steps:
1. We admitted we powerless over our addictions — that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We tried to carry this message to addicts (alcoholics, overeaters, gamblers…whatever).
All of us who have been around the rooms for awhile have seen the Two-Steppers, and some of us (myself included) even survived the experience ourselves. These folks are easily recognized by two traits: Their zeal for fixing others, and their lack of (or lack of use of) sponsors and the other encumberances of newcomers. Rather than collecting phone numbers, talking to old-timers, getting sponsors and becoming involved in their program of recovery, they jump from the first step to the 12th and set out to save the world — with or without its consent. As I mentioned, I’ve been there and I have the ratty old t-shirt to prove it.