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The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

(There are modifications to this original list for drug addiction, and the word "God" is now sometimes replaced with "Higher Power.")
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had
become unmanageable.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to
make amends to them all.

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

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except
when to do so would injure them or others.

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

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong,
promptly admitted it.

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

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.

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 character. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps,
we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these
7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
principals in all our affairs. *

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