The Twelve Steps
From the 5th Chapter of the
book Alcoholics Anonymous
Service Material from the General Service Office
Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had
Step 2. Came to believe that a power greater than ouselves could
restore us to sanity.
Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the
care of God as we understood him.
Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5. Admitted to god, to ourselves, and to another human being the
exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6. Were entirely ready to have god remove all these defects of
Step 7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing
to make amends to them all.
Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except
when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong
promptly admitted it.
Step 11. 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.
Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these
steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.
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