A 12-step program is the fundamental tool of many recovery programs, regardless of the addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, gambling, relationships, etc.
The basic 12 steps that groupsâ€™ members actively stress are as follows, varying in some degree per addiction recovery program.
Note that no particular religion or spiritual affiliation is required. All are welcome and invited.
- We admit we are powerless over our addiction – that our lives have become unmanageable
- We believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
- We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
- We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
- We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
- We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
- We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
- We continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong promptly admit it
- We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Basically members recite the steps at their meetings. And there may be a presentation or group discussion based upon one particular step that day, with the rest of the event focused on individual needs or issues that are brought up by members, so that each member gets to address his or her top or immediate concerns, seek help and help others to get through, â€œOne day at a time.â€