Category: The 12 Steps

Articles on the suggested program of recovery first introduced in 1939 by Bill Wilson in AA.

John’s Recovery: Step Twelve

By John B AA 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....

John’s Recovery: Step Eleven

AA 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...

One Alcoholic Helping Another

By Bethany D. Introduction: AA Without God Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people recover from alcoholism. The stories told in the Big Book, personal testimonies in meetings and the twelve suggested steps have...

John’s Recovery: Step Ten

AA Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admitted it. My Step 10: Live each day based on the commitment to strengthen each personal relationship relevant to that day’s events....

Staying Sober Without God

Staying Sober Without God – Practical Step Six

AA Version: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Practical Version: Made a list of our unhealthy character traits. If you’re the kind of person to pick up a...

John’s Recovery: Step Nine

By John B. AA Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. My Step 9: Make appropriate amends based on a sense...

Step Eight

John’s Recovery: Step Eight

AA Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. My Step 8: Be mindful of my past transgressions and accept the necessity...

Steps Six & Seven

John’s Recovery: Steps Six and Seven

AA Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. My Step 6: Commit to a process of self-improvement designed to make me a net contributor to society instead...

John’s Recovery: Step Five

AA Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. My Step 5: To maintain my commitment to honesty and humility I’ll share my inventory...

Step Four

John’s Recovery: Step Four

AA Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. My Step 4: Conduct an honest evaluation of my past life in order to identify harms done, personal faults that need to...

Step Three

John’s Recovery: Step Three

AA Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to God as we understood Him. My Step 3: Made a commitment to seek, seriously consider, and when appropriate, act...

John’s Recovery: Step Two

AA Step 2:  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. My Step 2:  Came to the realization I needed to accept guidance from others in order for...

John’s Recovery: Step One

AA Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable. My Step 1: Came to the realization that alcohol consumption had severely impeded my ability to accomplish every one...