How It Works
Rarely have we
seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
Those who do not
recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this
Usually men and
woman who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.
There are such
They are not at
fault; they seem to have been born that way.
naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands
Their chances are
less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and
mental disorders, but many of
Them do recover
if they have the capacity to be honest.
disclosed in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we
are like now.
If you have
decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it,
then you are ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we
balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.
With all the
earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the
Some of us have
tried to hold on to our old ideas, and the result was nil until we let go
Remember that we
deal with our own situation, that can be cunning, baffling, powerful! Without
help, it is too much for us.
But there is One
who has all power, that One is GOD. May you find him now!
availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection
and care with complete abandon.
Here are the
steps we took which are suggested as a program of recovery:
1. We admitted we
were powerless over our problems, and that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to
believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a
decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of GOD as we
4. Made a
searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
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.
7. Humbly asked
Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of
all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct
amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them
10. Continued to
take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with GOD as we
understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power
to carry that out.
12. Having had a
spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message
to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Many of us
exclaimed, "WHAT AN ORDER! I can't go through with it."
Do not be
discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect
adherence to these principals.
We are not
saints. The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.
The principals we
have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than
As we surrender
in defeat of self-power, we recognize that we cannot do this alone.
As we have gained
willingness, we join with others in a common cause to recognize these clear
three pertinent ideas:
A. That we are
affected by our own situation and could not manage our own lives.
B. That probably
no human power could have relieved us of our malady.
C. That GOD could
and would if He were sought.