The 12 Steps

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.

5 thoughts on “The 12 Steps

  1. On step 11. 1 week before I get step 12 instructions. My life has completely changed for the better. I am so grateful to wake up with an inner-peace and hope present in my life that never existed before. AA saved my life. #gratefulalcoholic #livingsober


    • M~ take a sheet of paper and make 2 columns~ one for powerless over alcohol & one life is unmanageable. Write on each list any examples in your personal life where you are powerless or your life is/was unmanageable. This is a sample way of taking step 1~ you should do this w/ a sponsor~ be honest. Then later reflect on what you listed~ for me, until I did this and saw on paper the many ways alcohol was negative in my life and I accepted I am powerless~ I can’t have just one~ never did~ I wasn’t successful and continued to have any Day 1’s.


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