12 Step Program
The 12 step program is a set of guidelines designed as a guide towards recovery. They are as follows:
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives have become unmanageable. The common welfare of the group should come first and that personal recovery depends upon Alcohol anonymous unity.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. They are supposed to recognize that there is only one authority, a loving God, and that he gives authority to the group leaders who are servants to aid
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Anyone who joins must have the desire to so stop drinking.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. This requires a clear and frank understanding of one’s self where through the steps they learn to understand and identify the weakness that may have helped contribute to alcoholism
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. They are to understand that the exercise begins to provide emotional, mental and spiritual relief. By sharing wrong with a trusted confidant, guilt and shame start to melt away
We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. They are required to become willing to look at their negative qualities and ask their higher power to help them change.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. This step is about humility, where they need to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of their shortcomings just as they did when they admitted that they were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than them can restore their sanity.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. This encourages the need to take personal responsibility for any harm you have caused another human being.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. This step calls recovering alcoholics to make amend by building on the previous step that requires the individual to make a list of everyone he or she has harmed throughout the battle with alcohol addiction.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. They are required to continue doing all the things they have been doing during the recovery process like honesty, trust and faith, and taking responsibility for their actions and reactions.
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. Where they are to devote themselves to some kind of regular spiritual activity.
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. This requires a spiritual awakening after completing the final step and spread the message to other addicts and continue practicing the principles