The Twelve Steps

The Twelve Steps

The twelve steps can be viewed on Alcoholics anonymous’s website. (Click here for a PDF)

The steps are tailor-made for the alcoholic. They also work for drug addiction and just about any other obsessive-compulsive behavior. Obsessive people tend to be self-centered. Their thought lives are almost exclusively spent thinking about themselves: how they are going to get high today, thinking about their own well-being, their own comfort, their own pleasure. Rarely does an alcoholic or addict think about the welfare of others enough to take any action that will “cost” themselves (unless, of course, they have something to gain from it in the future). An obsession takes over the thought life, and nothing else seems important. Obsession has been described as an idea that overpowers all other ideas.

The steps are often summed up as follows: Trust God, Clean House, Help Others. Trust God (Steps 2-3) Clean House (clean up the damage that you’ve done to your life and the lives of others — Steps 4-9) Help Others (Step 12).
Step 1 is recognizing the problem. Until you recognize the problem (often even recognizing the fact that you have a problem) you have no hope of solving it.
Steps 10 and 11 help you to grow emotionally and spiritually. In working step 10 you watch your behavior and when you make mistakes, promptly fix them. In step 11 you try to improve your conscious contact with God

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