The Twelve Steps and How They Work
The Twelve Steps and How They Work*
If you want what we have to offer, and are willing to go to any lengths to get it, then you are ready to do as we have done and follow these simple steps:
- We admitted that we were powerless over crystal meth and our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a God of our understanding.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a God of our understanding praying only for the knowledge of God’s will for us, and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to crystal meth addicts, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.
Do not be discouraged, for working the 12-steps of CMA, one day at a time, has shown that we can lead a life of health and prosperity.
To stay clean and sober we don’t take that first drug. If you are like us you know that ANY IS TOO MANY. We believe this to be of utmost importance, for when we use drugs in any form, we set free our addiction to crystal meth once again. The truth is we never have to use again.
What about alcohol? Many have lost recovery to the notion that alcohol is not a drug. WRONG! ALCOHOL IS A DRUG! PERIOD! Since we are people with an addiction to crystal meth, we must refrain from the use of all drugs including alcohol, pills, pot and poppers.
It is our experience that an attitude of intolerance toward spiritual concepts will defeat us as we journey on our road to recovery. HONESTY, OPEN-MINDEDNESS and WILLINGNESS is our conviction. With them, we are on the right path.
Crystal Meth Anonymous
* The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc (A.A.W.S.) permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with this program. AA is program of recovery from Alcoholism only – use of A.A.’s Steps and Traditions, or an adapted version of its Steps and Traditions in connection with programs or activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.