The Twelve Steps of TSSR


  1. We admitted we were powerless over our spiritual sickness-that our lives had become unmanageable.

  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our own conception of a Higher Power, as we presently understood our God to be.

  4. Made a searching and fearless, objective inventory of ourselves.

  5. Admitted to our Higher Power/God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

  6. Were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all of these defects of character.

  7. Humbly asked our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings.

  8. Using our fourth step inventory of the persons we had harmed; we became willing to make amends to them all.

  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

  11. Sought through prayer and meditation and other personal practices to improve our conscious contact with Higher Power/God, praying among other things for the knowledge of His/Her will for us and the Power to carry that out.

  12. Having had a Spiritual Awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

The Twelve Traditions of TSSR


  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon TSSR unity.

  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority-a loving Higher Power/God as He/She may express themselves in our group conscience.  Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

  3. The only requirement for TSSR membership is a desire to learn about and try the Twelve Step tools and principles for oneself.

  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or TSSR as a whole.

  5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry the message of hope and recovery to the person who still suffers.

  6. A TSSR group ought never endorse, finance or lend the TSSR name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

  7. Every TSSR group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

  8. Twelve Step Spiritual Recovery should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  9. TSSR, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

  10. Twelve Step Spiritual Recovery has no opinion on outside issues; hence the TSSR name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion.  Though one may choose to identify as a group member in their well-meaning efforts to carry the message to others, we should always respect and guard the anonymity of others.  Above all, no one person speaks for our fellowship.

  12. Humility is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.