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Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous: Carry the Message to Others

What Is Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

“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.”1

What Is the Purpose of AA Step 12?

“The joy of good living” best represents Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous.1 This step prepares you to embrace all 12 steps as you continue your recovery journey by sharing the message of hope. Step 12 represents a time to turn outward to others and practice service.

How Do You Complete Step 12 of AA?

  • Reach out to your fellow AA members who are still suffering to offer hope.
  • Give selflessly and ask nothing in return.
  • Begin to practice all 12 steps on a daily basis as a foundation for your new life.
  • Consider becoming a sponsor.

What Is a Common Myth About Step 12 of AA?

One common myth about Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous might be:

  • You’re fully recovered once you get through all 12 steps.

Recovery is a lifelong process that requires discipline and a change in attitude and perspective. Practicing the 12 steps can help you continue to live a sober, serene life. The steps become a way of life for people in recovery and a guide to living honestly and compassionately.

What Are Some Tips for Completing Step 12 of AA?

  • Bring the same spirit, love, and attitude of helping others to every aspect of your own life.
  • Take your problems as they come and transform them into assets or strengths.
  • Perspective is everything when it comes to continuing to practice all 12 steps in your day-to-day life.
  • Continue making spiritual practice and growth a priority.
  • Abandon the need for self-importance and prestige. Instead, find serenity through acceptance of what comes in life.

To learn more about treatment options or relapse prevention for alcohol use disorder, contact an American Addiction Centers (AAC) admissions navigator at . Our professional and caring admissions navigators are here for you 24/7. We can help you on your road to recovery.

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