Not just for drinking problems, the 12 Steps are a powerful way to bring any life into spiritual focus. It is a path with many companions, as millions practice this program throughout the world. Originally followed primarily by addicts and codependents (the other people entangled in an addict's tumultuous life), the principles of these steps are penetrating the mass consciousness. The 12 Steps are appropriate for anyone wanting a "working relationship" with God and ready to accept responsibility for their life choices.
The 12 Steps
We admitted we were powerless over people, events and substances—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
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.
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 our affairs.