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We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—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 a 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 admitted
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.
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.
Source. From Alcoholics Anonymous 1978. Used with permission.
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends
upon AA unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a
loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our
leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other
groups or AA as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message
to the alcoholic who still suffers.
An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to
any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money,
property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside
Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but
our service centers may employ special workers.
AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create special
service boards or committees directly responsible to those they
Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought
never be drawn into public controversy.
public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion;
we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press,
radio, and films.
is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding
us to place principles before personalities.