12 Steps to Hell
1. We decided that we could control alcohol/drugs, that our lives were manageable.
2. Came to believe that since our troubles were of our own making, we would have to solve them without outside help.
3. Made a decision to keep our will and our lives totally in our own control.
4. Quickly cast a weak flashlight over our moral history.
5. Denied to ourselves, to God and to everybody else that we had ever done anything harmful.
6. Decided that our defects of character were too much fun to give up.
7. Sang “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”
8. Made a game of rationalizing the harm we had done to others.
9. Reasoned that no one had been hurt by us more than we had been hurt by them and called it even.
10. Slacked off on personal inventory and when we were wrong, denied or hid it.
11. Let our conscious contact with God as we understood Him lapse by praying only in emergencies for our will to be carried out.
12. Having detached ourselves spiritually as a result of ignoring these steps, we let our fellow alcoholics/addicts fend for themselves and practiced these principles sporadically.
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