1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors,
that our lives had become unmanageable. "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. My desire is
to do what is good, thou I cannot carry it out."
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us
to sanity. “God works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose."
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing
to God-this is your spiritual act of worship."
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. "Let us
examine our ways and test them and return to the Lord."
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
nature of our wrongs. "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character. "Humble
yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up."
7. Humbly pray for God to remove all our shortcomings. "We confess our
sins and faithfully he forgives us our sins thus we are purified from all unrighteousness."
(1 John 1:9)
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make
amends to them all. "Do to others as you would have them do to you."
9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to
do so would injure them or others. First reconcile with your brother; then offer your gift."
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly
admitted it. "You think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!"
(1 Corinthians 10:12)
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact
with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out. "Let the word of God dwell in
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to share this message with others and practice these
principles in all our affairs. "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
Be careful or you also may be tempted."