Steps Toward Productive Decisions
The Twelve Steps provide a means for taking specific, healthy
actions in response to our frustration resulting from someone
else's drinking. They help steer us away from the distorted
thinking that inevitably results from such frustration. They
provide guidance in developing a spiritual and psychologically
sound foundation from which to begin making productive decisions
regarding our situation.
The Steps are neither religious tenets, excerpts from any
denomination, nor easy answers from concise self-help sources.
They do not make large life decisions for us, nor do they
provide concrete direction when we face difficult dilemmas
regarding someone else's drinking. They gradually guide our
growth and provide spiritual comfort and discipline through
improving our relationship with ourselves, with the God of our
understanding - undefined by any religious doctrine and
unrestricted except in our own hearts - and with other people.
As we grow and heal in these areas, we become increasingly able
to understand the far-reaching effects of someone else's
alcoholism on us, and we grow stronger and more clear in our
thinking regarding our options, our responsibilities, and our
The Twelve Steps
admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives
had become unmanageable.
believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore
us to sanity.
decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care
of God as we understood Him.
searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
nature of our wrongs.
entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of
asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to
make amends to them all.
direct amends to such people wherever possible, except
when to do so would injure them or others.
to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly
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. Having had a spiritual awakening
as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to others, and to practice these principles in all
had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we
tried to carry this message to others, and to practice
these principles in all our affairs.
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