Step 12:  Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

This process that we have reviewed brought us to the Twelfth Step:  "Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps..." is often a gradual process unveiled to us as we work the Steps.  The term "spiritual awakening" exemplifies clarity of purpose in ones actions. It shows a significant change has occurred in our life, giving us a second chance.  For some, it may be an incident that triggers the awareness of this spiritual awakening.

The second part of the Twelfth Step is "We tried to carry this message to other alcoholics and addicts who are still suffering." We have gratitude for the changes and spiritual awakening which has occurred in our lives.  We relate on a deep sense of empathy the reality of pain and suffering that another alcoholic/addict experiences in their life.  Our effort in sharing this experience with others is a continuation of our unconditional relationship with others.  this common ground is the basis for our efforts to help another person suffering from addictions without judgement or condemnation.  The effort of sharing on this level of interaction feeds our ability to regenerate further energy for our recovery.

The third part in the Twelfth Step is "practicing these principles in all our affairs" If we are truly going to become part of society then we need to extend our efforts into every faction of our lives.  If the process worked on our addiction issues, it probably can work on other areas of our lives.

Step 12 Worksheet