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Alcoholics Anonymous Step 12: Help Others

What Is Step 12 of 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.”


What Is the Purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous Step 12?

“The joy of good living” best represents Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous. This step prepares you to embrace all 12 steps as you continue your journey into a life of acceptance and understanding. It also encourages you to help others and to empower them as they discover the benefits of AA.

How Do You Complete Alcoholics Anonymous Step 12?

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

What Are Some Tips for Completing This Step?

  • Bring the same spirit, love and attitude of helping fellow alcoholics 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.
  • Spiritual growth should be your highest priority.
  • Abandon the need for self-importance and prestige. It doesn’t bring happiness. Instead, learn to find peace within yourself and with whatever life throws your way.

What Are Some Myths About Step 12?

  • 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. Only by regular practice of the 12 steps can you continue to live a sober, happy and peaceful life. The steps become a way of life for recovering alcoholics and a guide to living honestly and compassionately.