Our Twelve Steps

“…in April 1939…the spiritual ideas of the Society were codified for the first time in the Twelve Steps…a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.” (“Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“, by permission of AAWS)


“Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

“Many of us explained, ‘What an ordeal!  I can’t go through with it!'”
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“… Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” (“How It Works“, page 60)


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