The 12 Steps THE TWELVE STEPS (Click on the links below for more on each step) We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable. We came to believe that Jesus Christ could restore us to sanity. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Lord. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. We made a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with the Lord, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.