As part of my recovery I wanted to write about my experience working through each of the 12 steps. Please bear in mind working the steps will be a very different experience for each person, each article below is just my own experience. I wanted to share the readings, what was involved in working each step and how each has helped my recovery journey.

Hopefully this helps people new to the programme…

[Note – I’ll be updating this over time as I write and finish each article]

Step 1
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

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

Step 5
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

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.

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.