The 12 Steps
Originally developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 Steps represent a tried and tested method of assisting those suffering from addiction. Remember, there is no wrong way of approaching these steps. Individuals may find that they have to revisit some of the steps from time to time or grapple with multiple steps at once.
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Though spiritual in nature, these steps are meant to guide those of all faiths on the path of recovery.
We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction–that our lives had become unmanageable.
We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
We humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
We made a list of persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
We 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.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.