12 vs 16 Steps for Recovery
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our
lives had become unmanageable.
- 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.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- 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.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became
willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,
except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our
conscious contact with God as we understood
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 alcoholics,
and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc, New York City, 1976
- We affirm we have the power to take charge of our lives
and stop being dependent on substances or other people for our self-esteem
- We come to believe that God / Goddess / Universe / Great
Spirit / Higher Power awakens the healing wisdom within us when we
open ourselves to that power.
- We make a decision to become our authentic selves and trust
in the healing power of the truth.
- We examine our beliefs, addictions, and dependent behaviour
in the context of living in a hierarchical, patriarchal culture.
- We share with another person and the Universe all those things
inside of us for which we feel shame and guilt.
- We affirm and enjoy our intelligence, strengths and creativity,
remembering not to hide these qualities from ourselves and others.
- We become willing to let go of shame, guilt and any Behavior
that keeps us from loving ourselves and others.
- We make a list of people we have harmed and people who
have harmed us, and take steps to clear out negative energy by making
amends and sharing our grievances in a respectful way.
- We express love and gratitude to others and increasingly appreciate
the wonders of life and the blessings we do have.
- We learn to trust our reality and daily affirm that we see what
we see, we know what we know, and we feel what we feel.
- We promptly admit to mistakes and make amends when appropriate,
but we do not say we are sorry for things we have not done, and we
do not cover up, analyze, or take responsibility for the shortcomings
- We seek out situations, jobs, and people that affirm our intelligence,
perceptions, and self-worth and avoid situations or people who are
hurtful, harmful, or demeaning to us.
- We take steps to heal our physical bodies, organize our lives,
reduce stress, and have fun.
- We seek to find our inward calling, and develop the will and wisdom
to follow it.
- We accept the ups and downs of life as natural events that
can be used as lessons for our growth.
- We grow in awareness that we are sacred beings, interrelated with
all living things, and we contribute to restoring peace and balance
on the planet.
Charlotte Kasl, Many Roads, One Journey, 1991
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