Step Twelve: Help Others as You’ve Been Helped



“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” The twelfth step is what has allowed the programs of AA and NA to flourish throughout the world, providing a message of recovery to those who need it while asking for nothing in return. It instructs us to proceed in life guided by the principles set forth in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, and to help those people we encounter who are seeking sobriety.


As recovered alcoholics and addicts, we are living examples of the message of AA, beacons of hope for those still suffering at the hands of addiction. One common saying heard in the rooms of recovery is “We keep what we have only by giving it away.” This refers to the importance of the twelfth step, as our reaching out to help those through the steps just as your sponsor has done f