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The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a set of guiding principles that are intended to help individuals overcome alcoholism and achieve sobriety. Here are the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

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

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

Humbly asked Him to remove our 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 prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

These steps are intended to provide individuals with a framework for addressing the underlying issues that contribute to alcoholism, and to help them develop a spiritual connection to a higher power as a means of achieving and maintaining sobriety. While the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are intended specifically for individuals struggling with alcoholism, they have also been adapted for use in other addiction recovery programs.