12 Steps of Recovery: Rewritten & Simplified
- Garbage Rules will prod you to face your self-defeating thinking that’s keeping you addicted.
- Ego will help you to understand and overcome the underlying problem in your addiction.
“It is easier for the will to cut off certain things utterly than to use them with restraint.” —Seneca
12 Steps of Recovery Are Simplified for Greater Acceptance
- AA’s 12 Steps have helped countless. Perhaps this version can help some people that AA has not reached.
Step One: I am not power.
- This is the recognition that trying to fix yourself, others, and your life with your thinking, feeling, and behaving has not worked. You do not have and are not the power that you need.
Step Two: Power does exist.
- This is the recognition that the power you need to fix your life does exist, but it is not you.
Step Three: I will rely on Power, not self.
- This is the decision to rely on Power (Energy, Spirit, God) to take charge of your life instead of your self, your self-esteem or ego.
Step Four: I cause most of my problems.
- This is the recognition that you cause more problems when you try to fix problems on your own.
Step Five: I falsely claim power and try.
- This is the recognition that you are not truthful when you claim to have the ability and power to fix yourself and your life. You do not and cannot have this power, because there is only one God and you are not God.
Step Six: I will stop claiming and trying.
- This is the decision to stop trying to fix yourself and your life by yourself.
Step Seven: Power please guide me.
- This is the humble request for God, Spirit, Energy, or Power to take charge of your life.
Step Eight: I will stop controlling others.
- This is the recognition that not only do you need to stop trying to change and control yourself, you also need to stop trying to change and control others.
Step Nine: I will show more forgiveness.
- This is the recognition that you need forgiveness, and, therefore, you must show forgiveness in order to receive forgiveness.
Step Ten: I’ll do good more and bad less.
- This is the commitment to server virtue more and self less, to choose to show more kindness and less meanness.
Step Eleven: I pray to be under God’s will.
- This is the right approach to God because you do not know His will for you. Also, you pray for others to be under God’s will, not yours or their own.
Step Twelve: I will confess and share this.
- You find peace and serenity by practicing these steps. You admit these steps are helping you and you share them with others.
- Cause of Addictions
- Choose Higher when Tempted by Lower
- Coping Skills: List of Pages
- Do the Good More & Do the Bad Less
- How to Quit in 5 Steps
- Quotations & Slogans from AA
Quotations from Various Sources
“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.” —Luke 12:22
“Believe in recovery, redemption, and rehabilitation especially when the world wants to punish you instead of to help you.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Correct it or accept it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Detach with love.” —Al-Anon
“Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.” —Jean Kerr
“Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.” —Chuang-Tzu
“God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.” —Anonymous
“Guilt is really the reverse side of the coin of pride. Guilt aims at self-destruction, and pride aims at the destruction of others.” —Bill W., As Bill Sees It, p. 140
“I didn’t cause it. I can’t change it. I can’t control it.” —Al-Anon
“I’ve developed a new philosophy–I only dread one day at a time.” —Charlie Brown
“Recovery does not take care of itself no matter how old it is.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Recovery is the process of recovering who you were as a child.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Recovery requires conquering the seven-headed dragon: physical, mental, emotional, social, motivational, renewal, spiritual.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.” —Matthew Arnold
“Suffering isn’t ennobling, recovery is.” —Christian Barnard
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” —Matthew 6:34
“The AA program can be summed up in two words: acceptance and surrender.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“The attitude of unconditional self-acceptance is probably the most important variable in their long-term recovery.” —Albert Ellis, Rational-Emotive Therapy with Alcoholics and Substance Abusers, p. 71
“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.” —Mark Twain
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” —Matthew 6:25
“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” —Buddha
“You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” —Eleanor Roosevelt