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The 12 Steps

For Freedom from Addictive Behaviors

Steps 1 - 3 ... Out of Despair Find Hope


We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God

Steps 4 - 7 ... "Clean House" by Taking Inventory

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

Steps 8 - 9 ... "Clean House" by Making Amends


Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others

Steps 10 - 12 ... Continue "Cleaning" & Help Others


Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
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
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

About the 12 Step Program

Twelve Step programs are well known for their use in treating addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. The first 12 step program began with Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) in the 1930s and has since grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing not only with recovery from alcoholism, but also from drug abuse and various other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors.

The first book written to cover the 12 step program was titled "Alcoholics Anonymous", affectionately known as the Big Book by program members. Following the subsequent extensive growth of twelve step programs for other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors, many additional books were written and recordings and videos were produced. These cover the steps in greater detail and how people have specifically applied the steps in their lives. An extensive chronology and background about the history of A.A. has been put together at Dick B.'s website.

The twelve steps of the program are listed above and on the steps page in generic form. Other groups who have adopted the 12 steps to address their own particular addictive or dysfunctional behavior have similar ideas, usually with only minor variations. These steps are meant to be worked sequentially as a process of getting rid of addictive behaviors and should result in a growth in freedom and happiness, as outlined in the Promises. The general governing approach for A.A. groups was originally laid out in the Twelve Traditions, and they remain the guiding principles for most 12 step groups today.

There is a wealth of further information about 12 Step programs in Wikipedia, including a list of 12 step groups, and also from the numerous links in our directory of recovery related websites.

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MyAddiction

www.myaddiction.com

MyAddiction An Online Addiction and Recovery Resource. Includes news, articles, videos, blogs, links to support groups, self-tests for addiction, depression and anxiety and in depth information about different addiction types. Also has information about treatment cen ...

myRecovery

www.myrecovery.com

myRecovery Requires membership, but it is free. You can create your own profile and interact with others on the site through messages, groups, chat rooms, forums, and online meetings. There are sections for the Recovery Community, Recovery Programs, Resource Center ...

NA Voices

navoices.com

Worldwide NA Forum with Recovery chat rooms. This is a forum with many topics covering Narcotics Anonymous and topics and questions about that program. It also has an online text chat room.

Category:Narcotic Drugs

NA-Recovery.org

na-recovery.org

"NA-Recovery.org is a community of addicts, working together to share our experience, strength, and hope to stay clean, Just for Today. Our chat room is open 24/7. If there isn't anyone chatting at the moment, someone will be by shortly. Our members come ...

Category:Online

Nachat Ruach

www.nachatruach.com

"The Nachat Ruach Treatment Model (NRTM) developed by Dr Naftali Fish is an innovative, effective, and unique professional Torah based treatment approach to facilitate psycho-spiritual growth and healing. Based on extensive clinical experience during the ...

Category:Jewish

Nar Anon

★★★★★www.nar-anon.org/naranon/

Nar Anon "Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon's program of recovery uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requir ...

Category:Relationships

Narcotics Anonymous

★★★★★www.na.org

Narcotics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was one of the earliest 12 step programs and is targeted towards recovery from drug abuse.

Category:Narcotic Drugs

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

★★★★★portaltools.na.org/portaltools/MeetingLoc/

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings Official meeting search engine for Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

National Association of Christian Recovery

www.nacronline.com

Meditations, blogs, educational resources lists, referrals, forums, news - all about recovery from a Christian perspective.

Category:Christian

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

www.niaaa.nih.gov

The NIAAA is a branch of the U.S. National Institute of Health that studies alcoholism. There are several good publications in the publications area.

Category:US Research

NEDA

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

NEDA National Eating Disorders Association "Our organization is dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders. Whether you are an individual living with an eating disorder, a family member or friend looking to of ...

Category:Food

New Life Habits

www.newlifehabits,com

New Life Habits Site dealing with multiple aspects of addiction to pornography, masturbation and other aspects of level 1 sexual addiction. About porn addiction, it says the following. "Porn addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. Millions of p ...

Category:Level 1

Nicotine Anonymous

nicotine-anonymous.org

Nicotine Anonymous Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdr ...

Category:Other

Obesity Help

obesityhelp.com

Social network with forums, chat, tools and information about overcoming obesity.

Category:Overeating

Obsessive Skin Pickers Anonymous (OSPA)

1241 El Portal Street, Tracy, CA, USA
www.stoppickingonme.com

Obsessive Skin Pickers Anonymous (OSPA) OSPA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope to recover from obsessive or compulsive skinpicking and related disorders, such as hair-pulling and nail biting. All are welcome. You are not alone, and you are not crazy! Jo ...

Category:Other
Telephone209-298-0345
E-mail

OCD Tribe

www.ocdtribe.com

OCD Tribe One of a series of "Tribe" social networking sites. This one focuses on those dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OneRecovery

www.onerecovery.com

OneRecovery OneRecovery is a safe, anonymous and caring online community dedicated to helping people in recovery from addiction, as well providing support to their families and loved ones. Uniquely built by people in recovery for people in recovery, OneRecovery offer ...

Online Gamers Anonymous

www.olganon.org

Online Gamers Anonymous On-Line Gamers Anonymous is a self-help fellowship. They share their experience, strengths and hope to assist in recovery from the problems caused by excessive game playing, whether it be computer, video, console, or on-line. Their community includes reco ...

Category:Other

Online Intergroup of A.A.

★★★★★www.aa-intergroup.org

Online Intergroup of A.A. Online meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous® was formed to serve all online AA® Groups in the rapidly growing online Fellowship. OIAA is composed of elected representatives of those online AA grou ...

Category:Alcohol

Online Support Groups

www.dailystrength.org

A site that has all sorts of support groups, including those for recovering alcoholics, liars, codependency, anxiety, eating disorders and self-injury.