The 12 Steps

The 12 Steps of AA

The 12 steps of AA

Akron Guide to the 12 Steps of AA

The Akron Guide was a pamphlet originally developed by the Akron group in the 1940’s, and gives a newcomer a excellent, yet brief, overview of the Twelve Steps.

Akron Guide to the 12_Steps (pdf)

Learn the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, or revisit them, with this series of videos.

Steps 1, 2 and 3

1. We admitted 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.

Steps 4 and 5

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.

Steps 6, 7, 8 and 9

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.

Steps 10, 11 and 12

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
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 out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


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