Steps of ACOA

1. We admitted we were powerless over the effects of alcoholism or other family dysfunction, that our lives had become unmanageable. poem thoughts

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. poem thoughts

3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. poem thoughts

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. poem thoughts

5. Admitted to God, to our selves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. poem thoughts

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. poem thoughts

7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. poem thoughts

8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. poem thoughts

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. poem thoughts

10. We continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. poem thoughts

11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out. poem thoughts

12. After having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others who still suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. poem thoughts

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