Twelve Steps of Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
based on the 12 Steps of AA
© 2003 Teresa Kellerman
admitted we were powerless over the nature of FASD; that our lives had become
believe that the power of factual information, raised awareness, mutual
support, and realistic expectations could restore us to sanity.
decision to turn our problems and concerns over to the support group.
searching and fearless moral inventory of FASD issues in our life.
Admitted to ourselves and others the exact nature of our mistakes.
entirely ready to let go of past regrets and mistakes and to face the reality
asked the support group to help us overcome our shortcomings.
list of all persons in our life that FASD has affected, and became willing to
educate them about FASD.
relevant information with such people to raise their level of awareness
wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when FASD issues crop up to promptly
share with the group.
through listening and sharing to improve our active participation with the
group, asking for knowledge of effective intervention and prevention
strategies and the power to carry that out.
had a personal awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to other families, professionals and providers, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.
the serenity to accept the things about FASD that I cannot change, (such as
permanent brain damage that results in poor judgment and impaired ability to
function), the courage to change the things I can (such as the system, the
environment, and the support structure), and the wisdom to know the difference
(between what society tells me I should do and what FASD scientific studies tell
me I need to do to maintain health, safety, and an acceptable quality of life).
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