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With the help of a power greater than ourselves, the Twelve Steps can be a tool to relieve our suffering, fill our emptiness, and help us extend God’s presence in our lives. This releases energy, love and joy that are new to us. It is a program we follow at our own pace, in our own way. We walk this journey one step at a time, with our Higher Power’s help and with the support of others in the program. All we need is an open mind.

Peace with God Step One is about recognizing our brokenness.

Step Two is about the birth of faith in us.

Step Three involves a decision to let God be in charge of our lives.

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Peace with Ourselves Step Four involves self-examination.

Step Five is the discipline of admitting our wrongs.

Step Six is the beginning of an inner transformation sometimes called reentrance.

Step Seven involves the transformation of purification of our character.

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Peace with Others Step Eight involves examining our relationships and preparing ourselves to make amends.

Step Nine is the discipline of making amends.

Step Ten is about maintaining progress in recovery.

Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Keeping the Peace Step Eleven involves the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation.

Step Twelve is about spreading the word.

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscience contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Source: The 12 Steps A Way Out – A Spiritual Process for Healing

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