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.


  • Registration is now open for the 2016 MA convention, hosted by MA District 2. February 12-14, 2016, in Walnut Creek. Learn more and register at http://mawsconvention.org/.
  • Friends of MA Holiday Party, Saturday, December 19 from 7:30-9:30PM at St. Alban's Church in Albany. Meet in the Parish Hall. More info in the flyer. Map here.
  • H&I subcommittee is looking for volunteers to participate in panels, especially younger people. Contact Jon G the H&I chair for more info.
  • Join MA District 12 (North Bay) for a Potless Pot Luck at Cotati Lions Club Sunday 12/6 at 4:00. 86 La Plaza, Cotati. MA meeting follows at 6:30.
  • We need a public address (PA) system for the 2016 MA Convention in February. If you have one that you're willing to lend, let us know.
  • Got talent? Sign up and prepare your act for the Friday Night Talent Show at the 2016 MA Convention. Contact Mark D.
  • Monthly District Service Committee (DSC) and convention planning meetings now meet at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland. For December and January, convention planning meeting at 5pm; DSC meeting starts at 6:30pm. View on map.
  • Friday 7:30 PM meeting now meets at Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, Redwood Room, 3rd floor, 1425 South Main Street, Walnut Creek.
  • New Thursday meeting, 8pm in Albany. Details on the meetings page.
  • Volunteer for the 2016 MA Convention! Sign up at a meeting or send an email to volunteer@madistrict2.org.
  • Wednesday Night Monthly 'Potless' Potluck - last Wednesday of the month, after 6:15 meeting until 9pm. Bring a dish and enjoy the food & fellowship.
  • MAWS is looking for volunteers to staff the MAWS hotline. If you're interested, contact Elizabeth or MAWS.
  • Support MA meetings: Sunday, Monday, and Saturday meetings need support from people willing to do service. District 13 (MA Online) needs support from folks with clean time.