The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Step OneWe admitted we were powerless over our separation from Godthat our lives had become unmanageable.
Step TwoCame to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step ThreeMade a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step FourMade a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step FiveAdmitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step SixWere entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step SevenHumbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Step EightMade a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step NineMade direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step TenContinued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step ElevenSought 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.
Step TwelveHaving had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
OneOur common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
TwoFor our group purpose there is but one ultimate authoritya loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
ThreeThe only requirement of A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
FourEach group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups of A.A. as a whole.
FiveEach group has but one primary purposeto carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
SixAn A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
SevenEvery A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
EightAlcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
NineA.A., as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
TenAlcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
ElevenOur public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
TwelveAnonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.