12 Steps of MA

The practice of rigorous honesty, of opening our hearts and minds, and the willingness to go to any lengths to have a spiritual awakening are essential to our recovery.

Our old ideas and ways of life no longer work for us. Our suffering shows us that we need to let go absolutely. We surrender ourselves to a Power greater than ourselves.

Here are the steps we take which are suggested for recovery:
  1. We admitted we were powerless over marijuana, 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 God, as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and 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 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.
  12. 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.
Do not be discouraged; none of us are saints. Our program is not easy, but it is simple. We strive for progress, not perfection. Our experiences, before and after we entered recovery, teach us three important ideas:

-That we are marijuana addicts and cannot manage our own lives;
-That probably no human power can relieve our addiction; and
-That our Higher Power can and will if sought.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions does not mean that AA is in any way affiliated with this program. AA is a program of recovery from alcoholism---use of the Steps and Traditions in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after AA, but which address other problems, does not imply otherwise.

Announcements

  • Share your story with fellows in recovery by writing it down. MA is hosting a writing workshop to get your juices flowing, June 16 in Oakland. Email us for details.
  • Join your fellows for fun in the sun! District 3 is hosting a Unity Day June 20 at Blackberry Farm in Cupertino. View the flyer or visit District 3's website for more information.
  • District 2 is hosting a picnic / convention fundraiser / family fun day on June 28 at Lake Temescal from 12-6pm. Read the flyer for details.
  • Join your fellows for a picnic and bonfire July 17 at Cordonices Park in Berkeley. More details to come.
  • Get into service! District 2 is looking for a PI (public information) chair to help ensure people know about MA. If you're interested, email or come to the next DSC meeting.
  • Join fellow members for camping trips this summer. June 12-14 at Sunset State Beach and July 31-August 2 at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Space is limited; contact John L. to reserve your spot.
  • MA is working on a Daily Meditation book. If you would like to help, please visit the site below and submit a story or daily meditation: MA Daily Meditation submissions.
  • Help plan the 2016 MA Convention! District 2 is hosting the 2016 international MA convention and needs members to serve on the Convention Planning Committee. If you're interested in helping out, attend the committee meeting the second Sunday of each month at 5pm at St. Leo's Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave, Oakland.
  • Wednesday Night Monthly 'Potless' Potluck - last Wednesday of the month, after 6:15 meeting until 9pm. Bring a dish and enjoy the food & fellowship.
  • Support MA meetings: Monday MA meeting needs support from people with clean time; Sunday meeting needs people interested in getting into service; new Thursday night meeting in Vallejo needs support; and District 13 (MA Online) needs support from folks with clean time.
  • Current issue of A New Leaf, MA's monthly newsletter, available online.