These are NOT the 12 Suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. We admitted we had power over alcohol--that our lives were manageable.

  2. Came to believe that a power within ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to our own better judgement as we understood it.

  4. Made a searching and fearless commitment to planned, permanent abstinence.

  5. Admitted to ourselves the exact nature of our wrong, which was to continue drinking when we knew better.

  6. Were entirely ready to fully recover from alcohol addiction by never drinking again.

  7. Trusted ourselves to recognize all of our self-defeating urges and excuses to drink.

  8. Made a mental list of all the thoughts, feelings, and images which support continued drinking, and recognized them as our defeated enemies, powerless to control us.

  9. Made direct amends to ourselves and our families for continuing to drink when we knew better.

  10. Continued to recognize all urges to drink as being powerless over our conscious commitment.

  11. Sought through self-knowledge and awareness to improve our ability to recognize self-defeating urges and excuses to drink, trusting our own commitment to planned, permanent abstinence.

  12. Having stopped drinking forever as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to people who asked for help, and to mind our own business otherwise.

"The Other 12 Steps" 2006 by Bill Dubya, some rights reserved.

For related reading, see Rational Recovery and The Orange Papers.

NOT From:
The Story of
How many Thousands of Men and Women Have NOT Recovered from Alcoholism
(Second Edition)
pp. 59-60