Life with Hope
A Return to living through
the 12 steps and 12 traditions of
CONFERENCE APPROVED LITERATURE
12 Steps and 12 Traditions
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The Steps of Marijuana Anonymous
We admitted we were powerless over marijuana, 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.
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 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 marijuana addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on MA unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving God whose expression may come through in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or MA as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to the marijuana addict who still suffers.
MA groups ought never endorse, finance, or lend the MA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every MA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Marijuana Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
MA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, film, and other public media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow MA members.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
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