Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

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Step One
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives have become unmanageable.”
Twelve Steps – Step One – (pp. 21-24) (

Step Two
“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Twelve Steps – Step Two – (pp. 25-33) (

Step Three
“Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
Twelve Steps – Step Three – (pp. 34-41) (

Step Four
“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Twelve Steps – Step Four – (pp. 42-54) (

Step Five
“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
Twelve Steps – Step Five – (pp. 55-62) (

Step Six
“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
Twelve Steps – Step Six – (pp. 63-69) (

Step Seven
“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
Twelve Steps – Step Seven – (pp. 70-76) (

Step Eight
“Made a list of all person we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Twelve Steps – Step Eight – (pp. 77-82) (

Step Nine
“Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”
Twelve Steps – Step Nine – (pp. 83-87) (

Step Ten
“Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
Twelve Steps – Step Ten – (pp. 88-95) (

Step Eleven
“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.”
Twelve Steps – Step Eleven – (pp. 96-105) (

Step twelve
“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.”
Twelve Steps – Step Twelve – (pp. 106-125) (



Tradition One
“Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition One – (pp. 129-131) (

Tradition Two
“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.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Two – (pp. 132-138) (

Tradition Three
“The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Three – (pp. 139-145) (

Tradition Four
“Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Four – (pp. 146-150) (

Tradition Five
“Each group has but one primary purpose- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Five – (pp. 151-155) (

Tradition Six
“An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Six – (pp. 156-160) (

Tradition Seven
“Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Seven – (pp. 161-167) (

Tradition Eight
“Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Eight – (pp. 168-173) (

Tradition Night
“A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service bonds or committees directly responsible to those they serve.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Nine – (pp. 174-178) (

Tradition Ten
“Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Ten – (pp. 179-182) (

Tradition Eleven
“Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Eleven – (pp. 183-186) (

Tradition Twelve
“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, even reminding us to place principles before personalities.”
Twelve Traditions – Tradition Twelve – (pp. 187-191) (

The Twelve Traditions (The Long Form)
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Book | Alcoholics Anonymous (