424 Vance Lane - Lebanon, TN - Ph. (615) 449-9514

12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The 12 steps of recovery, originally defined by Alcoholics Anonymous, are now used by many diverse groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and other organizations, treatment centers, hospitals, etc. that deal with alcoholism, chemical dependency and substance abuse of various forms. At A Friend of Bill's, our clients pledge to follow a 12 step program of recovery and attend various 12 step meetings in the area such as those offered by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Here are the 12 steps as presented in Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous:

  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 short comings.
  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.
  12. 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.
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