What are the 12 steps?

The Overcomers Place strives to incorporate a deeper understanding of the 12 steps in each person’s recovery. Tuesday and Thursdays will be dedicated days to practicing these principles.

These steps can work for any addiction or compulsion. Simply replace the word ‘alcohol’ with your own presenting problem. Study and application of these steps has been proven to benefit long term recovery. The principles they embody are universal and applicable to everyone in recovery services.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over “alcohol” or “_________________” – 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 a 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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