AA 12 Steps by Alcoholics Anonymous
The Fellowship has heavily adopted the policy of cooperation rather than affiliation with other organizations whose primary goal is tackling the menace of alcoholism. The way it operates, Alcoholics Anonymous never sources for nor accepts financial funding from external sources. Furthermore, the members of Alcoholics Anonymous preserve their personal anonymity in both broadcast and print media and even at the public level.
The experience of Alcoholics Anonymous has and will always be freely available for interested individuals regardless of their status in society, creed or color. This is why business people, law enforcement officers, spiritual leaders, representatives of military establishments, educators, health and welfare personnel, representatives of organized labor, institutional authorities as well as many others are all welcome. However, it should be noted that A.A does not support, endorse, express opinion or have an affiliation with programs run by other stakeholders/players in the field of alcoholism. This is because actions of that nature would fall outside the prescribed scope of the Fellowship’s main aim. The relationship between the Alcoholics Anonymous and agencies, individuals and professional bodies concerned with issues related with the problem of alcoholism in Great Britain is done by members elected to serve as officers. Such members are elected by regional assemblies, intergroups and groups. The officers receive support from the committees of The General Service Board as well as the staff that belong to the General Service Office.
AA 12 Steps
The following are the comprehensive 12 steps outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous to help in the recovery process:
- Step 1: We accepted that we had no control over alcohol and that it made our lives difficult to manage.
- Step 2: We realized that sanity could be restored upon us by a Power that is far superior to ourselves.
- Step 3: We have decided to turn both our will and lives over to God’s care as we understand Him.
- Step 4: We took it upon ourselves to make a searching and fearless personal inventory.
- Step 5: We pleaded guilty to the specific nature of our wrong doing to God, ourselves and other men.
- Step 6: We are very ready to have each and every defect of our character eliminated by God.
- Step 7: We ask God in a humble manner to eliminate our wrongs.
- Step 8: Drew up a list of all the people we caused harm to and were ready to make things right with them.
- Step 9: Made amends to such people through direct efforts whenever it was possible to do so with the exception of when doing so would harm them or others.
- Step 10: Proceeded to take inventory of ourselves and quickly admitted whenever we were wrong.
- Step 11: Sought to enhance our conscious contact with God through meditation and prayer as we understand Him, our prayers being for knowledge of His will for us and consequently the power to carry it out.
- Step 12: Having experienced a spiritual awakening because of these steps, we strived to convey this message to persons suffering from alcoholic abuse as well as to practice the principles in each and every one of our affairs.