Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
of Alcoholics Anomymous
Anonymous (AA), established in 1935 is the single largest self-help organisation
assisting alcohol dependent people to become alcohol free. It has over one million members
in more than 110 mainly western countries.
Local contacts and addresses of members, as
well as indications for the use of 12 step programs can be obtained from the Alcohol and
Drug Information Service on 9442 5000 or Toll free for country callers on 1800 198024.
The Twelve Steps are the treatment and recovery steps of AA.
The Twelve Traditions provide the organisational
philosophy and guidelines.
|The Twelve Steps
of Alcoholics Anonymous
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 understand
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, and to our selves, and to another human being the exact nature of our
We're 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
understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that
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.
Note: In this context God means a 'higher power' and need not have a particular
religious or Christian connotation.
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as he may
express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not
The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups of AA as a
Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still
An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or
outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our
Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
AA should remain forever non-professional, but our service centres may employ special
AA as such, ought never be organised; but we may create service boards or committees
directly responsible to those they serve.
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be
drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always
maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and film.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place
principles before personalities.
Related Internet 12 Step Programs
- for spouses and families of alcohol-dependent persons
Anonymous (NA)- for those with illicit drug use addictions
Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)