The 12 Spiritual Principles of AA Explained

Contrary to what a lot of people think, the spirituality part of AA does not mean you have to be a Christian. The spiritual principles of AA cater to people of any faith. 

People have tried to understand spirituality and self-awareness for as long as we've been around, so it's understandable if you're looking for some guidance and information. Keep reading to learn about the principles of alcoholics anonymous.

What are the Spiritual Principles of AA

The spiritual principles of AA are tied directly into the 12 steps. These 12 steps are used by many recovery programs, not just Alcoholics Anonymous. From courage to self-discipline, there are many principles to understand and embrace during a person's journey to sobriety.

1. Acceptance

Admitting that you are powerless over alcohol is the first step and first principle that a recovering addict must complete. Understanding the weight of the problem and the hold it has on you is the only way to conquer it.

2. Hope

Hope can be tough for those that have hit rock-bottom, but it must be found. If you are able to find optimism and hope that there is a better tomorrow, you will have a much easier time reaching it.

3. Faith

Accepting a higher power does not have to mean accepting the Christian God. It can mean believing in the power of good or positivity in the universe. Meditation and self-reflection is a wonderful way to find your faith.

4. Courage

If you've heard the serenity prayer, you know that courage is a major principle of AA. Finding the courage to confront your addiction and what you must do to repair yourself is no easy task.

5. Honesty

Addicts can quickly find themselves being dishonest to their loved ones and themselves. Breaking that habit and keeping yourself honest with everyone is very important for sobriety.

6. Patience

The path won't be easy. Being patient enough to work through the steps and make progress is tough but necessary.

7. Humility

You're going to need help no matter how tough you think you are. Find humility within yourself and accept that you cannot do this alone.

8. Willingness

Recovery is a long road and it won't be easy. If you aren't willing to do the heavy-lifting and face the challenges ahead, then you won't find success. You must not be afraid to do the right thing.

9. Brotherly-love

Reflect on the people in your life that you have wronged and make amends. It can be daunting to reach out to people and apologize for what you've done and try to repair your relationship, but the outcome is very healing.

10. Integrity

Practicing integrity in all aspects of your life will help you maintain your sobriety by upholding that integrity within yourself.

11. Self-Discipline

Even with help and support, at the end of the day, only you can keep yourself truly accountable. Practice fighting against your instinct to fall back on old ways.

12. Service

Part of being an alcoholic is selfishness. Take this newfound healthy attitude and give back to the world and those that need it.

One Day at a Time

You're never really done working on the spiritual principles of AA. Embracing them and acting on them daily will give you a greater sense of purpose and power over your addiction. To understand more and further your knowledge, check out this very helpful literature.