The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had
    become unmanageable.


  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore
    us to sanity.


  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of
    God as we understood Him.


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


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


  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of


  7. Humbly asked Him 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 understood Him, praying only for knowledge
    of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


  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.