Twelve-Steps: Spirit of Recovery Concepts


Step 1 “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/drugs, that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Concepts: Honesty, Surrender, Powerless, Humility

Step 2 “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

Concepts: Hope, Faith, Trust, Sanity, Belief, Restoration

Step 3 “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we Understood Him/Her.”

Concepts: faith, Commitment, Surrender, Power of the Group, Vision, Humility


Step 4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

Concepts: Courage, Honesty, Soul-searching, Personal Inventory, Introspection

Step 5 “Admitted to God to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

Concepts Integrity, Truth, Admission, Accountability

Step 6 “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Concepts: Willingness, Acceptance, Open-mindedness

Step 7 “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.”

Concepts: Humility, Motivation, Attitude, Transformation

Step 8 “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.”

Concepts: reflection, Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility, Conflict Resolution

Step 9 “Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

Concepts:  Justice, Courage, Sound Judgement, Integrity, Fairness, Responsibility, Accountability, Restitution 


 Step 10 “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”

 Concepts: Perseverance, Improvement, Vigilance, Emotional Maturity, Daily Self-Reflection, Humility

Step 11 “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of his will and the power to carry that out.”

Concepts: Understand before seeking to be understood, Growth, Maturity, Wisdom, Spiritual connection

Step 12 “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of the steps, we tried to carry the message to alcoholics/addicts, and to practice thee principles in all our affairs.”

Concepts: Service, Giving, Walking the Talk, Carrying the Message, Boundaries, Empowerment, Spiritual Awakening as The result of these steps