Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The promise of the 12th step is that by the time we have reached this point in our program of recovery, we will have experienced a “spiritual awakening”. Exactly what that means and what that entails will certainly vary from person to person. However, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous characterizes it as a “personality change sufficient to bring about recovery”. Thus the essence of a “spiritual awakening” for anyone is marked by a shift in attitude — or as Dr. Silkworth put it, “an entire psychic change” — brought about by working the preceding eleven steps and then implementing the foundational principles associated with each of them in one’s life.