The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, written founding members of Alcoholics Anonymous, was first published in America in 1939. The authors used the Twelve Steps to find freedom from their own addictions.
Subsequently, the 12 Steps have helped millions of alcoholics and addicts to live a good life free from alcohol and drugs. Since its inception hundreds of fellowships have been formed to help people overcome many addictions, and thousands of books have been written on the 12 Steps.
The Twelve Steps are described as a design for living without mood or mind-altering drugs or obsessions. Millions of people worldwide have successfully used the Twelve Steps to achieve this and are living testament to the steps’ success.
The Twelve Steps
- Step 1
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
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- Step 2
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
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- Step 3
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
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- Step 4
Made a searching fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
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- Step 5
Admitted to God, to ourselves, to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
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- Step 6
We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
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- Step 7
Humbly asked Him to remove our short comings.
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- Step 8
Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
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- Step 9
Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
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- Step 10
Continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
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- 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.
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- Step 12
Having had a spiritual awakening as a 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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