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The 12 Steps of
Alcoholics Anonymous*

  1. Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Step 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Step 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Step 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove our shortcomings.
  7. Step 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Soon, each of these steps will link to a page about it. I will be sharing other sources for these steps, showing their validity as seen in other spiritual programs, even those that don't recognize these 12 gems from the God that we understand!

Before you decide that this is an evil cult, or the one true path for all to take, let's look at the source of these 12 steps. They may be an organized way of doing things that over the centuries have helped people achieve and maintain balance in their lives!

Articles
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Here is a comparison chart that shows how these 12 steps relate to what several books call "Christian Spiritual Disciplines". You may be in for a surprise!

The complete, unabridged Serenity Prayer is eye-opening, as is a very special personalized version with YOUR NAME in it! (Or your friend's name!)

The Desiderata is a classic, and has been a long time!

Are things addictive or are people dependent?

Here is the classic "Please Hear What I am Not Saying?"

Another classic, "I Stand by The Door"

The Lyrics to the Gene Watson song, "Hold Me"

Books
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Alcoholics Anonymous: The big book that helped guide this amazing movement.

12 Steps and 12 Traditions: A pamphlet listing these cornerstones

The Big Book: (This file was created and distributed with permission from the General Services Office of Alcoholics Anonymous. This plain ASCII text file contains all of the material previous to and including the first 11 chapters.)

Codependent No More How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

Codependent's Guide to the Twelve Steps How to find the right program for you and apply each of the twelve steps toyour own issues.

Codependency: A Christian Perspective Breaking free from the hurt and manipulation of dysfuncitonal relationships.

The Twelve Steps for Christians This book helps those with Christian beliefs to use the 12 steps for spiritual growth.

The Gospel and the Twelve Steps Developing a Closer Relationship with Jesus, by Martin Davis, a marriage and family therapist.

The Path to Serenity A powerful book by the world-famous Minirth-Meier clinic staff.

Touchstones A book of Daily Meditations for men based on the twelve step programs. This is a wonderful book, which I used for over five years in a row!

Steps to a New Beginning Leading Others to Christ Through the 12 Step process. No, it is not a requirement to become a "Christian" in order to stay sober. For some, it helps.

Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments The world is a mess, but find personal meaning anyway!

If Life is a Game, These are the Rules Ten Rules for Being Human as introduced in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Web Sites
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* The Twelve Steps are reprinted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that A.A. has reviewed or approved the contents of this publication, nor that A.A. agrees with the views expressed herein. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism. Use of the Twelve Steps in connection with programs which are patterned after A.A. but which address other problems does not imply otherwise.