An Agnostic Version of the Twelve Steps (Cleveland)
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that attempts to control our drinking were futile and that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that even though we could not fix our problem by ourselves, circumstances and forces beyond our personal control could help restore us to sanity and balance.
- Made a decision to accept things that were outside our control, especially what already is and to do the best with it.
- Made a searching examination and a fearless inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to ourselves with total openness and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Became willing to let go of our behaviors and personality traits that could be construed as defects and were creating problems.
- With humility we acknowledged that we had these shortcomings and with openness we sought to eliminate these 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 contemplation and meditation to improve self-awareness and adopted a spiritual approach to life as our primary purpose.
- Having had a profound change in consciousness as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.