The 12 Steps To Alcohol Recovery

The 12 Steps To Alcohol Recovery

—Samantha Gomez

When alcoholics are in recovery, it is often necessary to find a sponsor to encourage and support the difficult journey ahead. Along with the normal day-to-day operations of an alcohol recovery center,  the person in recovery will come across the “12 Step Program” as a measurable threshold of becoming sober. The 12 steps have been manipulated to fit other addiction groups but they originated with Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps are listed here to better understand what is expected to be considered sober in alcohol recovery therapy.

  • 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.


The next time you are interested in understanding what to expect in recovery centers, remember this list of the 12 steps. Before anyone can complete their recovery, they have to be able to complete this list honestly, and this is where they usually find help with their sponsors. Recovery is difficult, but with the right support team, it can be okay.

Samantha Gomez

Samantha is in Graduate School and has a background in Creative Writing and has been working on blog work and writing articles as a freelancer. Her publications include content written for The Odyssey Online, and as a freelance writer/ghostwriter, & soon, novelist!