The 12- steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

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These same 12-steps can be applied to any kind of addiction or life malady that one feels powerless to change.


 1.  Admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or whatever person or problem) -- 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 and direction 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, on our knees, asked Him to remove our shortcomings -- holding nothing back.

 

 8.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make complete 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 contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

 

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

~AA

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