The Reverse 12 Steps

16 April 2015 Written by 

Fun to read the Reverse 12 Steps as a reminder of how great the original ones are.

1.     We admitted we were powerless over nothing. We could manage our lives perfectly and we could manage those of anyone else who would allow it.

2.     Came to believe there was no power greater than ourselves and that the rest of the world was insane.

3.     Made a decision to have our loved ones and friends turn their wills and their lives over to our care.

4.     Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of everyone we know.

5.     Admitted to the world the exact nature of their wrongs.

6.     Were ready to make others straighten up and do right.

7.     Demanded others to either “shape up or ship out”.

8.     Made a list of anyone who had ever harmed us and became willing to go to any length to get even with them all.

9.     Got direct revenge on such people wherever possible except when to do so would cost us our lives, or at the very least a jail sentence.

10.   Continued to take inventory of others, and when they were wrong promptly and repeatedly told them about it.

11.   Sought through nagging to improve our relationship with others as we couldn’t understand them at all, asking only that they knuckle under and do things our way.

12.   Having had a complete emotional and spiritual breakdown as a result of these steps, we tried to blame it on others and to get sympathy and pity in all our affairs.

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Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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