The Twelve-step programme is a guideline or spiritual principle that addicts are recommended to follow in order to complete the recovery process.

The Simple Approach to the 12 Steps

  • Step 1: There’s a power that will kill me.
  • Step 2: There’s a power that wants me to live.
  • Step 3: Which do I want? (If you want to die, stop here. If you want to live, go on.)
  • Step 4: Using examples from your own life, understand that selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear control your actions.
  • Step 5: Tell all your private, embarrassing secrets to another person.
  • Step 6: Decide whether or not you want to live that way anymore.
  • Step 7: If you want your life to change, ask a Power Greater Than yourself to change it for you. (If you could have changed it yourself, you would have long ago.)
  • Step 8: Figure out how to make right all the things you did wrong.
  • Step 9: Fix what you can without causing more trouble in the process.
  • Step 10: Understand that making mistakes is part of being human (When you make a mistake, fix it, immediately if you can.)
  • Step 11: Ask for help to treat yourself and others like you, the way you want your higher power to treat you.
  • Step 12: Don’t stop doing 1 through 11. And PASS IT ON!

Here are the twelve-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous listed out:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • S12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.