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The Twelve Steps


  1. We admitted we were powerless over the effects of alcoholism or other family dysfunction, that our lives had become unmanageable.(see key ideas)

  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.(see key ideas)

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand God.(see key ideas)

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

  5. Admitted to God, to our selves, 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 God 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 understand God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry it out.

  12. 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.



The Twelve Steps are reprinted and adapted from the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and are used with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.