Twelve Steps

“Our way of life, based on these twelve steps and twelve traditions, has brought us physical, emotional and spiritual healing, that we don’t hesitate to call miraculous. What works for us will work for you, too.”–The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous
The Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had become unmanageable.
    Spiritual Principle: Honesty
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    Spiritual Principle: Hope
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
    Spiritual Principle: Faith
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    Spiritual Principle: Courage
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    Spiritual Principle: Integrity
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    Spiritual Principle: Willingness
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
    Spiritual Principle: Humility
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
    Spiritual Principle: Self-Discipline
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    Spiritual Principle: Love for Others
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
    Spiritual Principle: Perseverance
  11. 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.
    Spiritual Principle: Spiritual Awareness
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
    Spiritual Principle: Service

Permission to use the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for adaptation granted by AA World Services, Inc.
Podcasts about the Steps are located at:

  • The Importance of Working 12 Steps
  • In All Our Affairs
  • How and Why does a 12-Step Program Work for Compulsive Eating

For an in-depth study of the Twelve Steps, read The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, Second Edition available from the Overeaters Anonymous

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