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  1. We admitted we were powerless over our criminality and/or addiction – that our lives & lifestyles had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that through practice of Spirituality it could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to live our lives through the practice of spiritual principles seeking the path of Spirituality, as we understood Spirituality.
  4. Made a searching and courageous moral inventory of our strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Disclosed through our spiritual connections, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs and wounds.
  6. Were entirely ready through our spiritual connections to restore balance in our lives, in our character and to pursue our change and recovery.
  7. Humbly asked through these spiritual connections to remove our shortcomings and foster our change and recovery.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to reconcile with them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory of strengths and weaknesses and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it, and remained humble when right.
  11. Sought through various forms of self-reflection, meditation, prayer, etc. to improve our conscious contact with our spiritual connections, as we understood these spiritual connections, seeking only our spiritual purpose and the strength to live that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we carry this message to other criminals and addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not perfect. The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

(a) that we lived as criminals and/or addicts and could not manage our lives as such;

(b) that probably we alone could not have relieved our own criminality and/or addiction; and

(c) that through practice of spiritual principles and through spiritual connections we could and would change and recover if spirituality were sought.