The original Twelve Steps of AA

Here are the original Twelve Steps of A.A. Under each step, there is a link to the corresponding step of the Proactive Twelve Steps and comments.

Step 1:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

See: Proactive Step 1

Step 2:

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

See: Proactive Step 2

Step 3:

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

See: Proactive Step 3

Step 4:
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

See: Proactive Step 4

Step 5:

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

See: Proactive Step 5

Step 6:

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

See: Proactive Step 6

Step 7:

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

See: Proactive Step 7

Step 8:

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

See: Proactive Step 8

Step 9:

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

See: Proactive Step 9

Step 10:

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

See: Proactive Step 10

Step 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.

See: Proactive Step 11

Step 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.

See: Proactive Step 12

Also: The Proactive Twelve Steps