The Twelve Steps of Workaholics Anonymous
- We admitted we were powerless over work --- that 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 God as we understood God.
- 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.
- Became 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 God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to workaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The W.A. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions were adapted from the Twelve Steps and The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Reprinted by permission of the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Steps and Traditions copyright © 1939 by A.A. World Services.
Originally appears as page 17 in the W.A. Book of Recovery. This literature is also available as a downloadable PDF file