The 12 Steps of AA refers to the backbone of the program of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a fellowship of both genders, men and women. It is their platform where they can share their strength experience and hope together, in a safe environment, which helps them to recover from alcoholism, and keep their drinking in remission. The desire to stop drinking is the only requirement for membership to AA. Membership fees are not required, it is optional. AA is not affiliated with any organization. The only purpose of AA is for its members to stay sober by helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the founders of AA, discovered by helping each other, they themselves stayed sober.
The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA
The twelve traditions of AA apply to the life of the fellowship. They usually outline the way in which AA usually maintains its unity and relates to the world about it and how it lives and grows.
AA participants normally follow a the 12 steps so as to achieve and abstain from alcohol. The 12 Steps are designed so that a person, who follows them, has a “spiritual awakening”, which literally transforms them into a different person.
AA’s twelve steps can be described as principles that are spiritual in nature and enable the sufferer to live a relative happy and useful life. The AA 12 step recovery program is a kind of treatment rehab program for those who are suffering from alcohol addiction. Most participants use a sponsor to help them through the 12 step process and help the sponsee stay sober.
Here are the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:
- We admitted we are powerless over alcohol and that their lives have become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity.
- Make a decision to turn their will and lives over to the care of God
- Make a fearless and searching moral inventory.
- Admitted to ourselves, another human being and their higher power the exact nature of their wrongs.
- Became entirely ready to have God, as we understood Him, remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly ask Him to remove all our shortcomings.
- Make a list of all the people they have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to these people unless to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when they were wrongly prompted admit it.
- 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 it out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we try to carry the message to others alcoholics and practice these principals in all our affairs.
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