Twelve principles of recovery

The following list of principles is inspired by the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous; it is not intended to replace those steps or to revise them in any way, and it is in no way sanctioned by Alcoholics Anonymous. Rather, in this list, we are attempting to express the 12-step principles, as we understand them, in terms that may be more readily accessible to those who are not part of the Western monotheist tradition that informed the founders of AA.

1. We accepted our lack of power over alcohol and other drugs; we admitted that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We realized that we needed help to restore sanity to our lives.
3. We made a decision to accept the help that was offered, without reserve or resentment.
4. We made a searching and fearlessly honest examination of our fears and our feelings, our weaknesses and our strengths.
5. We admitted to ourselves and to another human being the complete history of what we'd done with our lives, hiding nothing.
6. We were entirely ready to release those qualities in ourselves that we saw as weaknesses or shortcomings.
7. With genuine humility, we requested help with that process of transformation.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued to examine our lives and our behavior, and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. We sought through contemplation and meditation to come to peace with the world as it is, hoping to avoid futile struggle and attain serenity.
12. Now, having gained some wisdom and strengthened ourselves as sober people, we work to help others who are struggling with drugs and alcohol, and we strive to practice these principles throughout our lives.

Meeting structure.

The AA Preamble

The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

Happy, Joyous, and Free-thinking