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    The Twelve Steps


    What are the “Twelve Steps”?
    The Twelve Step program is intended to be a guide for recovery of alcoholism, drugs and other substances. Originally created by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1938, its goal is for members to get sober, stay sober, and to help others achieve sobriety. It is not just stopping the addiction; it is understanding the emotional and mental causes. 

    Traditional Twelve Steps

    1. Admitting I am powerless and my life has become unmanageable.
    2. Believe a power greater than myself will restore myself to sanity.
    3. Turn my will and my life over to God as I understand God.
    4. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself.
    5. Admit to God, myself, and another person the nature of my wrongs.
    6. Be ready to have God remove my character defects.
    7. Humbly ask God to remove these shortcomings.
    8. Made a list of all persons I had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
    9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    10. Continued to take personal inventory and when I was wrong promptly admitted it.
    11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God as I understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for me and the power to carry that out.
    12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I try to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.

    Adapted Twelve Steps for my Atheist friends
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    1. I admit that I am humiliated that my life had become unmanageable.
    2. I believe that I can be more powerful than my addiction.
    3. I will take control of my life and understand that my addiction is no longer an option under any condition.
    4. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself.
    5. I will admit to myself and to others the nature of my addiction being wrong.
    6. Prepare to remove and withdraw from factors that are connected to my addiction.
    7. Remove and replace any factors and behaviors that allow my addiction to continue.
    8. Made a list of all persons I had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
    9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    10. Continued to take personal inventory and when I was wrong promptly admitted it.
    11. Seek through education and meditation a better understanding of my addiction and how to control it.
    12. Having gained a higher enlightenment and understanding of my addiction, I will carry my success and failure to other addicts to learn from; and in turn observe and learn from their success and failures.


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    So important. 12 step program for atheists.
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