“We are people who would not normally mix.” It is by the Grace of God and the fellowship of our program that I had the absolute HONOR to walk this path with someone like Steve Martinez.

Walking into our fellowship hall will never be the same for me without Steve there. When I remember him it will be that he was my biggest cheerleader. He was always – always there to share the message with the newcomer. His message was one of how to live sober – happy, joyous and free. His message was the hardest thing he had to do was get honest with himself – “to thine own self be true”. He had a generous spirit. He had no problem telling another man he loved them.

I will miss those hugs I got each and every time I walked in the room with him being excited to see me. “Shamazing!” he would say. Steve has been there my whole entire sobriety which seems like my whole life…and we will miss him dearly.

Thank you Steve – for sharing your sobriety with us.

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.