The 12 steps
The 12 steps is the backbone for Alcoholics Anonymous - the wellknown effective program. It was orginally inspired by Biblical principles the founder encountered via his meeting with the Christian Oxford Movement. The Oxford Movement had four comerstones which alsp became the decisive principles for the 12 steps. They were "surrender" to God's forgiveness and help, "confession" of sins to God and another person, "to make up for" the damage one had caused through his destructive behavior and "to bear witness to" the transformation that has occurred.
The 12 Steps
1. We admitted we were powerless over our inappropriate - 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 ourwill and our lives overto the care of God as we understood Him.
4. We undertook 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 theses 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 woruld injure them or others.
10. We continued to take personal inventroy 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 massage to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.