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The 12 Steps

Postby Dallas » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:23 am

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

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 alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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the 12 Step Principales

Postby samantha » Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:45 am

Hi,

My name is Samantha and I'm an alcoholic.....

I do have a question for you all. I need some help with this one. At one time I did know what the 12 principales were, one for each step, but I have forgotton what the were. I will be gratful for some help here...

love, Samantha :lol:
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Postby cinderbobble » Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:11 pm

Quite frankly, Samantha, I must admit that I don't know! If you knew these before, you know more than me. So! My only and best surmise is this! If you follow the suggestions, you will stay sober. I know that's off the wall, not to your point, but that's my best answer. Let's hope somebody else can explain it to us huh?
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Postby samantha » Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:33 pm

Yes, you'd think that I would remember...Duh

the other night, at an A.A. meeting, a sobriety sister of mine heard the speaker talk of a a principal for each one of the 12 steps. She dosn't remeber what they were so she asked me about it. Well, dumb me couldn't remember.... Maybe she heard something else..I can relate to that :wink:
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12 Principals

Postby samantha » Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:04 pm

I found some of my old notes in an old B.B. of mine. This might be what my sobriety sister was talking about.

Step 1 Acceptance
Step 2 Faith
Step 3 Surrender
Step 4 Honesty
Step 5 Courage
Step 6 Willingness
Step 7 Humility
Step 8 Forgiveness
Step 9 Freedom
Step 10 Perserverance
Step 11 Patience
Step 12 Love

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Samantha :lol:
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12 principals

Postby samantha » Sun Jul 30, 2006 12:33 am

My sponser said that everyone will have their very own principal that works for them from each step, so we could all have different principals for each step.

One A.A. friend uses "HOPE" for her step 1.

Love to ya'll
Sam :)
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Postby Dallas » Sun Jul 30, 2006 1:52 am

Thank you for sharing, Samantha! :wink:
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Postby Gretchen » Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:09 am

Here's what my sponsor told me:
1. Honesty
2. Hope
3. Faith
4. Courage
5. Integrity
6. Willingness
7. Humility
8. Love
9. Discipline
10. Perseverance
11. Awareness of God
12. Service
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Postby Dallas » Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:17 am

Thanks Gretchen! I like that!
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Postby samantha » Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:54 pm

Thank you Gretchen for posting your principals for all of us to see. :lol:
It's not uncommon for me to like your principals better than my principals, as while I'm liking another's principals much better than mine, this all keeps me of so humble :)
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