12 Steps

The 12 Steps

* Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – 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 God
* 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 God 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 God, praying only for knowledge of God’s 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 other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

Secular break down of the Twelve-Steps by Dan Callahan, LMSW

Step One:  Have you ever used a drug or drank alcohol knowing that there would be consequences or that there was significant risk involved, based upon your past experience?

Step Two:  At the basic level of life; do you believe that people before you have accomplished abstinence and recovery, and you have not been able to yet?

Step Three:  Can you copy the successful strategies that these same people have accomplished?  Are you willing to COPY them?

Step Four: We make a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves; where we address all personal and internal potential roadblocks.  We look for any potential negative stressors, anxiety provokers, or sources of irrational fear that has the ability to set us off and back into negative self-destructive behavioral patterns.

Step Five: Admit to ourselves, and another Human Being of personal significance the exact nature of what we have uncovered in our Fourth Step.

Step Six:  By our actions and desire to live a productive life we become entirely ready to make better choices and become the positive and loving human beings we are.

Step Seven: We humbly ask for a reprieve from these burdens and focus on what and who we want to be.

Step Eight: We make a list of all the people, places and things that we have harmed and become willing to make amends to them.

Step Nine: We make direct amends to these people except where we could potentially cause more damage than good.

Step Ten: We continue on our new path and take a daily personal inventory to monitor our progress and remain congruent with whom we are as “Human Becoming’s.”

Step Eleven: Seek through Prayer and Meditation to improve our continued growth spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Step Twelve:  Becoming who we have always been and dreamed of becoming we realize the significant improvement in our lives as the result of these steps and principles.  We share and carry this message to others recognizing that we cannot keep it if we do not give it away.  Finally, we continue to practice these principles of discipline in all areas of our lives.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr