15 KEYS TO RECOVERY

  1. Recognize our difficulty to conquer and/or manage our addictions and admitted our lives had become perilously out of control.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Humbly made a probing, honest and thorough moral inventory of ourselves.

  6. Forthrightly acknowledged the specifics of our past destruction to ourselves and to another human being.

  7. Willingly and humbly purge our character defects and our shortcomings.

  8. Compiled a list of persons we harmed and become willing to make amends to each of them.

  9. Directly recompensed the people we had wronged in a manner devised to redress the offense, except when doing so would harm them or others.

  10. Persisted in our self-examinations, taking full responsibility for our own actions, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

  11. Came to believe that progress, not perfection, in all of our affairs was an important key to our over-all stability.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Thankful for our spiritual awakening, we resolved to actively develop and nurture relationships with other recovering addicts, so they too may experience true recovery.

  15. Resolved to live in the present, a key at a time, a day at a time.