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

  • The MAWS Literature Committee has proposed adopting Another Doctor's Opinion and including it in official MA literature. This will be a topic of discussion at the MAWS Conference in late May. Members are encouraged to read the document and then attend the May business meetings for the meetings they attend and vote on whether to recommend including the document in official literature.
  • The 2016 MAWS Conference is at the end of May. Matters affecting MA as a whole are discussed and voted upon at the conference; individual meetings should discuss and vote at business meetings to send their group conscience to the District Service Committee and then on to MAWS. Motion packet is available to print and take to meetings. Longer, full MAWS Conference delegate packet is available to help individual members understand the topics that will be discussed at the conference in May.
  • New Women's Meeting! Starts April 22, 7-8:15pm at Kaiser CDRP, 969 Broadway, Oakland. Second floor, room 8. Open to all women, including trans/genderqueer. More info in this flyer.
  • Fundraiser at Oakland A’s games this summer. 5/3, 5/27, 6/13, 7/21, 8/10, 9/9; all 7:30pm games. Contact Chris McC for details.
  • Camping trips with MA this summer. June 3-5 at Pfeiffer Big Sur (space available for a few more people; contact Meredith). July 8-10 at Samuel P Taylor State Park (contact John L.).
  • H&I subcommittee is looking for volunteers to participate in panels, especially younger people.Contact the H&I chair (Jon G) for more info.
  • Monthly District Service Committee (DSC) meets on the second Sunday of the month at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland, 6:00pm.
  • Support MA meetings: Sunday meeting need support from people willing to do service.District 13 (MA Online) needs support from folks with clean time.