- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles for all our affairs.
It's amazing how little of this list has anything to do with alcoholism. In fact, 10 of the 12 steps in the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program have nothing to do with alcoholism per se, and could have been cribbed out of any church sermon in the Christian world.
Believe it or not, the phrase "as we understood Him" is supposed to refute the charge that AA is engaging in Christian proselytizing rather than genuine treatment of alcoholism. I guess it makes "God" less specific. Or something.