Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide 12-step fellowship. This fellowship proves to be one of the most wonderful things about the phenomena of Alcoholics Anonymous. Being part of a 12-step fellowship allows for an individual, who is recovering from alcohol addiction or drug addiction, to go anywhere in the world for business or pleasure and have the opportunity to find a meeting with peers that have one common bond: the desire to stay sober today. And it is this simple bond that breaks language barriers like no other. The founding principles of Alcoholics Anonymous are simple: don’t drink, no matter what. The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are quite powerful, and at The Arbor we use them frequently so that we can empower our clients to not only stay sober, but begin a journey to recovery practicing the 12 step philosophy. Below is a copy of the 12 steps.
Step One: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step Three: Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understand Him.
Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step Ten: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Step Eleven: 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.
Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in our affairs.
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