- 1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable
- 2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
- 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
- 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
- 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
- 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
- 7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings
- 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
- 9. Made direct amends to such people, whereever possible, except when to do so would imjure them or others
- 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promtly admitted it
- 11. Sought htrough prayer and meditation to improve our concious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out
- 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice all these principles in our affairs
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- 1. Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends on AA unity
- 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group concious. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern
- 3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
- 5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- 6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
- 7. Every A.A. 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. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- 10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. 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.
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- 1. Recovery - Found in working the twelve steps and getting involved with the fellowship
- 2. Unity - Abiding by the Twelve Traditions and practicing these principles in all our affairs, thus maintaining unity throughout the AA community
- 3. Service - Carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers, and being a part of general service at any level.
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