We admitted we were powerless over our
addiction/compulsion - that our lives had become unmanageable.
We came to believe that, like all human beings, our
power was limited and we needed to learn to let go and learn
We made a decision to let go of control, assume a
spirit of goodwill, seek the wisdom of responsible others, and
discover our true "voice within".
We made a searching and fearless inventory of our
strengths and weaknesses.
We admitted to our journal, ourselves, and to
another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to listen to wise counsel and
seek that still small voice within to guide us to change our
behaviors which have been harmful to ourselves and others.
Humbly began the process of deep change so we could
overcome our weakness.
Made a list of all persons we have harmed, became
willing to make amends to them all, and to forgive those against
whom we have held grudges.
We 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.
Through meditation and journaling we continually
seek to clarify and improve our own judgment and to consider the best
direction and purpose our lives can take.
Having developed deeper wisdom and an appreciation
of the spiritual as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to other addicts and to practice these principles in all our