The Twelve Steps

Study of these Steps is essential to progress in the Al-Anon program. The principles they embody are universal, applicable to everyone, whatever his personal creed. In Al-Anon, we strive for an ever-deeper understanding of these Steps, and pray for the wisdom to apply them to our lives.

Did you know, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous were adopted (with permission) almost word for word by Al-Anon Family Groups?

'Because of their proven power and worth, A.A.'s Twelve Steps have been adopted almost word for word by Al-Anon. They represent a way of life appealing to all people of good-will, of any religious faith or of none. Note the power of the very words!' [from Al-Anon Alateen Service Manual 2010-2013, p.13.]  

  1.   We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that 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 will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  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 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 wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10.   Continued 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 as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12.   Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.