15 KEYS TO RECOVERY
- Recognize our difficulty to conquer and/or manage our addictions and admitted our
lives had become perilously out of control.
- Acknowledge the value of spirituality in recovery and allow each member to follow
his belief, including seeking the assistance of God or other higher power.
- Came to believe, that although we are ultimately responsible for our decisions and
choices, seeking direction from either spirituality, science and others in recovery
is a sign of strength and that such interaction is essential to our recovery.
- We understand the importance of science, including clinical interventions and drug
therapy, as an avenue to recovery and accepted that the use of prescribed, maintenance
drugs is not a roadblock to successful living.
- Humbly made a probing, honest and thorough moral inventory of ourselves.
- Forthrightly acknowledged the specifics of our past destruction to ourselves and
to another human being.
- Willingly and humbly purge our character defects and our shortcomings.
- Compiled a list of persons we harmed and become willing to make amends to each of
- Directly recompensed the people we had wronged in a manner devised to redress the
offense, except when doing so would harm them or others.
- Persisted in our self-examinations, taking full responsibility for our own actions,
and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- Came to believe that progress, not perfection, in all of our affairs was an important
key to our over-all stability.
- Understood that occasional straying from these Keys To Recovery© was not a cause
for alarm, shame, or self-judgment, and that getting back on the road to recovery
as soon as we recognized our mistake was our number one goal.
- Resolved to continuously improve our conscious contact with ourselves and/or with
a Higher Power, while expressing gratitude to any guidance and the opportunity to
finally be joyous, happy and free.
- Thankful for our spiritual awakening, we resolved to actively develop and nurture
relationships with other recovering addicts, so they too may experience true recovery.
- Resolved to live in the present, a key at a time, a day at a time.