Undoubtedly we have all heard of The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but most of us do not know what they are and what they consist of.
The Twelve Steps incorporate a program created in the United States in 1935 by William Wilson and Robert Smith. Initially, the program was only used to treat alcoholism, but its use has expanded to all addictions. Based on medicine and spirituality, it has proven its efficiency and has left a great mark on the world.
We share the famous “Twelve Steps” …
The 12 Steps
- “We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol (or any other addictive behavior), and that our lives had become unmanageable.”
- “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
- “We decided to put our wills and our lives into the care of God, as we conceived it.”
- “Without fear we did a thorough moral inventory of ourselves.”
- “We admit before God, before ourselves, and before another human being, the exact nature of our defects.”
- “We were entirely willing to let God free us from our shortcomings.”
- “We humbly asked him to free us from our faults.”
- “We made a list of all those people we had offended and were willing to repair the damage we caused them.”
- “We directly repaired as much as possible the damage caused, except when doing so was detrimental to them or to others.”
- “We continued to do our personal inventory and when we were wrong we admitted it immediately.”
- “We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we conceive him, asking him only to let us know his will for us and give us the strength to fulfill it.”
- “Having obtained a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we try to carry the message to the alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”