We admitted we were
powerless over the effects of alcoholism or other family dysfunction,
that our lives had become unmanageable.(see key ideas)
Came to believe that
a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.(see key ideas)
Made a decision to
turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand
God.(see key ideas)
Made a searching and
fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to
our selves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready
to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked God to
remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all
persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would
injure them or others.
Continued to take
personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer
and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we
understand God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the
power to carry it out.
Having had a
spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to others who still suffer, and to practice these principles in
all our affairs.