Versions of the 12 Steps

The original 12 steps were formulated for the Alcoholics Anonymous program. Arising from the widespread use of the program for dealing with alcoholism, the steps have been adapted for numerous other addictions and dysfunctional behavior. We have compiled a list of some of these alternate versions of the 12 steps here for your information and enlightenment. Please refer to the menu on the right side of this page for the list of various 12 step groups and links to the page describing the particular 12 steps for that given group.


You can click on a step number to read more about that step in general, or click one of the video icons to hear people doing the step for A.A. or see videos about working the given step in general.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Step 10

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

Step 11

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 that out.

Step 12

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.

Versions for Other 12 Step Groups