The 12 Steps of AA are the actions an alcoholic must take in order to get sober. These actions are taken under the guidance of a sponsor, another alcoholic. If you want to fully understand the full scope of the 12 steps, you should read the book called, “The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions“.
*page numbers refer to the Steps found in the Big Book
(pages xxv – 30)
What are the 12 steps of AA?
The following are the official 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Do not confuse the 12 steps and 12 traditions, they are two separate works of writings.
12 Steps of AA List
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. We’re 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.
AA 12 Steps PDF
The 12 steps are the instruction manual for the alcoholic to stay sober. Most of those new to AA (newcomers) are unaware of the importance of the 12 steps. After a few meetings, it will soon be apparent to the newcomer that the 12 steps are an important part of AA and getting sober. Before a recovering alcoholic can begin doing the 12 steps, he or she first must find a sponsor. This sponsor will then guide the newcomer through the 12 steps.
Typically at the beginning or end of every AA meeting, there will be a show of hands for those that are able to sponsor. If you need a sponsor, go up to one of the people who raised their hand after the meeting is over. Ask if they could be your sponsor. Your new sponsor will then give you a copy of the Big Book (if you don’t already have one) and will ask you to meet once per week in order for the both of you to read it together. By reading the Big Book together, you will naturally start to begin doing the 12 steps of AA as you progress through the Big Book.