The 12 Steps 1 Admitted we were powerless over our addictive behaviors and 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 lives and our wills over to the care of God. 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 all our shortcomings. 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 whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10 Continue 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, praying for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 12 Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.