The 12 Steps

The 12 Steps to Recovery
(Adapted from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous)

1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions, that our life had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than our mundane self could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of such power as we understand it.

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

5. Admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have our Higher Power transform all harmful aspects of our character.

7. Humbly asked that our shortcomings be removed.

8. Made a list of the harm we had done and became willing to make amends.

9. Made direct amends wherever possible, except when to do so would cause further harm.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through spiritual pursuits to improve our conscious contact with Divinity as we understand it, seeking only the knowledge of Divinities true will for us and the power to carry that out.

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

The 12 Traditions
(Adapted from the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous).

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon unity.

2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving Divinity as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

3. The only requirement for membership is a desire for recovery.

4. Each group should remain autonomous except in matter affecting other groups or any 12-Step program as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the person seeking recovery who still suffers.

6. A group ought never endorse, finance, or lend its name to any related facility or outside enterprise, least problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

8. 12-Step programs should remain forever non-professional, but their service centers may employ special workers.

9. 12-Step groups ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. We have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of public media.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.


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