“Who could render an account of all the miseries that had once been ours, and who could estimate the release and joy that these last years had brought to us? Who could possibly tell the vast consequences of what God’s work through A.A. had already set in motion? And who could penetrate the deeper mystery of our wholesale deliverance from slavery, a bondage to a most hopeless and fatal obsession which for centuries had possessed the minds and bodies of men and women like ourselves?
“It may be possible to find explinations of spiritual experiences such as ours, but I have often tried to explain my own and have succeeded only in giving the story of it. I know the feeling it gave me and the results it has brought, but I realize I will never fully understand its deeper meaning why and how.
“We A.A.’s had tried out a radical and old-time formula, one rather out of fashion nowadays, and it had worked. “We admitted that we were powerless-that our lives had become unmanageable” and “we made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to God as we understood him.” Every one of us who could make and fairly well maintain this humbling admission and sweeping decision had found relief from obsession and had begun to grow into a totally and wonderfully different mental, physical, and spiritual experience.
-Bill W., When AA Comes of Age, Pg. 44-45
Here is a talk by Seary W. and his experience through the steps and AA in their earlier days.