Step Twelve

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.

“The joy of living is the these of A.A. Step Twelve, and action is the key word. Here we turn outward to our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. And here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety. When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.”

Step Twelve also says we have found something called a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps. Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakening as there are people who’ve had them. But the most important meaning of it is that he had been able to do, feel and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.

It was a long, strange trip

  • Step One showed us how to be empowered by our own powerlessness.
  • Step Two showed us the necessity of a Higher Power.

Step Three turned our lives and our will over to said Higher Power.

Step Four commenced to search out the things in ourselves which brought us to physical, moral and spiritual bankruptcy.

Step Five told us that inventory alone wouldn’t be enough.

  • Step Six demanded we quit our stubborn hanging on to defects of character.
  • Step Seven had us ask God to remove our shortcomings.
  • Step Eight made us continue our personal house-cleaning.
  • Step Nine gave us a chance to make direct amends to those we’d harmed.
  • Step Ten gave us a solid basis for daily living.
  • Step Eleven allowed us to see that a Higher Power could really restore us to sanity.


The rest of Step Twelve translates the Twelve Steps into actions in all our affairs. That is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Which brings us to:

Tradition Twelve

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

“The spiritual substance of anonymity is sacrifice. Because A.A.’s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit is the foundation of them all. A.A.’s proved willingness to make these sacrifices gives people high confidence in our future.

Recovery Boot Camp was founded upon the goal of helping others. And if we didn’t have high confidence in our clients future, we wouldn’t be here. A.A.’s 12 Step dynamic works. We’ve seen it. Over and over, again and again. And while we A.A.’s may be loathe to blow our own horns, the proof is in the living.

(Inspired by -- and taken from -- Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.)

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