AA Recovery

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous


 1.   We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.

 2.   We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

 3.   We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.

 4.   We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

 5.   We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

 6.   We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

 7.   We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

 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 take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

 11.  We 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 out.

 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.  



The Twelve Traditions Of Alcoholics Anonymous

 1.   Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends upon AA unity.

 2.   For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.  Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

 3.   The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.

 4.   Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.

 5.   Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

 6.   An AA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and presige divert us from our primary purpose. 

 7.   Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

 8.   Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

 9.   AA, as such, ought never to be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

 10.  Alcoholis Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

 11.  Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion - we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

 12.  Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.  

The Twelve Steps of Self-Confirmation
Le, C., Ingvarson, E.P., Page, R.C. (1995)  Alcoholics anonymous and the counseling profession.  Philosophies in conflict.  Journal of Counseling & Development, 73, 603-609

1.   I realize I am not in control of my use.

 2.   I acknolwedge that a spiritual awakening can help me to find a new direction.

 3.   I am ready to follow and stay true to the new path I have chosen.

 4.   I have the strength and courage to look within and to face whatever obstacles hinder my continued personal and spiritual growth.

 5.   I commit to become fully aware of how my use...hurt those around me.

 6.   I am changing my life and developing my human potential.

 7.   I am proud of my strength and ability to grow.

 8.   I will do all I can to make up for the ways I have hurt myself and others.

 9.   I will take direction action to help others in any way that I can.

 10.  I will strive to be self-aware and follow the new path I have chosen.

 11.  I will continue to develop my potential through helping others and strive to become fully conscious of myself and life around me.

 12.  I will continue to develop my own human potential and spirituality and will actively help others who cannot control their use. 


 Grant me the serenity 
 To accept the things I cannot change
 The courage to change the things I can
 And the wisdom to know the difference.
 ~ 12-Step Prayer ~


  

 

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NA Recovery

The Twelve Steps Of Narcotics Anonymous
    
 1.   We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.

 2.   We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

 3.   We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.

 4.   We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

 5.   We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

 6.   We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

 7.   We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

 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 take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

 11.  We 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 out.

 12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.  


The Twelve Traditions Of Narcotics Anonymous

We keep what we have only with vigilance, and just as freedom for the individual comes from the Twelve Steps, so freedom for the group springs from our Traditions.  As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well.

 1.   Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends upon NA unity.

 2.   For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.  Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

 3.   The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.

 4.   Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.

 5.   Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.

 6.   An NA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and presige divert us from our primary purpose. 

 7.   Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

 8.   Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

 9.   NA, as such, ought never to be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

 10.  Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

 11.  Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion - we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

 12.  Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.  

The Twelve Steps of Self-Confirmation
Le, C., Ingvarson, E.P., Page, R.C. (1995)  Alcoholics annonymous and the counseling profession.  Philosophies in conflict.  Journal of Counseling & Development, 73, 603-609

 1.   I realize I am not in control of my use.

 2.   I acknolwedge that a spiritual awakening can help me to find a new direction.

 3.   I am ready to follow and stay true to the new path I have chosen.

 4.   I have the strength and courage to look within and to face whatever obstacles hinder my continued personal and spiritual growth.

 5.   I commit to become fully aware of how my use...hurt those around me.

 6.   I am changing my life and developing my human potential.

 7.   I am proud of my strength and ability to grow.

 8.   I will do all I can to make up for the ways I have hurt myself and others.

 9.   I will take direction action to help others in any way that I can.

 10.  I will strive to be self-aware and follow the new path I have chosen.

 11.  I will continue to develop my potential through helping others and strive to become fully conscious of myself and life around me.

 12.  I will continue to develop my own human potential and spirituality and will actively help others who cannot control their use. 


 Grant me the serenity 
 To accept the things I cannot change
 The courage to change the things I can
 And the wisdom to know the difference.
 ~ 12-Step Prayer ~