STEP 1: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.
Proverbs 23: 29-35
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Those who tarry long over wine, at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder… “They stuck me,” you will say “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.”
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I have. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. Who will deliver me from this body of death?
STEP 2: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
II Corinthians 12:9
I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me, but He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Jesus said unto him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
May you be filled with all the fullness of God… who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.
Surely, it is God who saves me, I will trust in Him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense and he will be my Savior.
STEP 3: Made a Decision to turn our will and our lives over to God as we understood Him.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength… the Lord waits to be gracious to you.
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon Him while he is near, let him return to the Lord, that He may have mercy.
STEP 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord! Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven.
O Lord, thou hast searched me out and known me! Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; thou discernest my thoughts from afar.
STEP 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Therefore confess our sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
STEP 6: We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord; though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
STEP 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity and heals all your diseases and redeems your life.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
STEP 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Who can tell how often he offends? Cleanse me from my secret faults. Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins, let them not get dominion over me.
Whatsoever you wish that men should do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
II Corinthians 5:18-19
Christ reconciled us to himself and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation… entrusting to use the message of reconciliation.
STEP 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go first be reconciled to your brother, and come and offer your gift.
When a man or a woman commits any of the sins that men commit… he shall confess his sin and he shall make full restitution for his wrong.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
STEP 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me.
I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to his own measure of faith.
1 Corinthians 12:12
Let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape.
STEP 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.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you… Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. In you have I trusted all the day long.
O God, you are my God; eagerly will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land… When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches, you have been my helper.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God.
STEP 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the results of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up all the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to those who are bound.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too become tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.