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  1. 1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable
  2. 2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
  3. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
  4. 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
  5. 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
  6. 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
  7. 7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings
  8. 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
  9. 9. Made direct amends to such people, whereever possible, except when to do so would imjure them or others
  10. 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promtly admitted it
  11. 11. Sought htrough prayer and meditation to improve our concious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out
  12. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice all these principles in our affairs
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  1. 1. Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends on AA unity
  2. 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group concious. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern
  3. 3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  5. 5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. 6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. 7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. 8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. 9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. 10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. 12.Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
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  1. 1. Recovery - Found in working the twelve steps and getting involved with the fellowship
  2. 2. Unity - Abiding by the Twelve Traditions and practicing these principles in all our affairs, thus maintaining unity throughout the AA community
  3. 3. Service - Carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers, and being a part of general service at any level.

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