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A.C.A. ACoA/DF * The 12 Steps for Adult Children Anonymous
The Twelve Steps, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, as applied to spiritual recovery from codependency and ineffective adult child behaviours

We have adopted the Twelve-Step recovery program from Alcoholics Anonymous with minor changes. Their twelve steps and traditions have proven effective for over fifty years in dealing with alcohol and alcoholism, helping millions to overcome the crippling effects of the disease. We use them to help us to identify and change unwanted adult child characteristics. Here are the Twelve Steps.

I We admitted we were powerless over the effects of addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.

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

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

IV Made a searching a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

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

VI Were entirely ready to work in partnership with God to remove our ineffective behaviour.

VII Humbly asked God to help us remove our shortcomings.

VIII Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

IX Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

X Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

XI Sought, through prayer and meditation, to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and for the power to carry that out.

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

All journeys begin with the first step. It is with a compassionate understanding of your suffering that we urge you to begin a recovery process. Through the reliance on our spiritual program, and using a God, as you understand God, you too can begin to change, starting from this moment on.


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