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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Life Ring

★★★★★www.unhooked.com

Life Ring From their FAQ: Is LifeRing Similar to AA or NA? Yes and No. Like AA/NA, we are abstinence-based. We are a group for people who have learned through experience that the only solution that works for us is to abstain completely. Unlike AA/NA, w ...

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Life Works Community

The Grange, High Street, Old Woking, Surrey, UK, GU22 8LB
www.lifeworkscommunity.com

Life Works Community Life Works is committed to providing the highest quality treatment for those suffering from all addictions, eating disorders and mood disorders.

Telephone01483 757572
Fax01483 755966
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Love Addicts Anonymous

loveaddicts.org

Love Addicts Anonymous Love addiction comes in many forms. Some love addicts carry a torch for unavailable people. Some love addicts obsess when they fall in love. Some love addicts get addicted to the euphoric effects of romance. Others cannot let go of a toxic relationship ev ...

Category:Relationships

Mark Elliot's People Helping People

www.markelliot.com

Mark Elliot's People Helping People Mark Elliot is a recovering addict and counselor based in Canada. This site has links to some of his articles, podcasts, other articles concerning addiction and book reviews about different areas of addiction and recovery.

Telephone416-855-3147

Mark Houston Recovery Center

www.markhoustonrecovery.com

“The purpose of the Mark Houston Recovery Center is to provide a safe, secure environment free of alcohol and drugs for a minimum of 90 days for the adult male alcoholic/addict who wishes to recover and experience permanent sobriety. Our belief is that a ...

Mastering Life

www.masteringlife.org

Mastering Life "Mastering Life Ministries is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian ministry. It exists in order to target areas of life where people are caught and deceived into unhealthy, dysfunctional life-styles that separate them from the power and blessing o ...

Category:Christian

Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life

www.hazelden.org/web/public/mobile_more_field_guide.page

Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life "the Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life, the groundbreaking iPhone application designed to provide a full year of recovery support. Born from MORE, or My Ongoing Recovery Experience, a web-based program of personalized continuing care provided by Hazelden ...

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More Revealed Website

www.morerevealed.com

More Revealed Website Website critical of the Step groups from various perspectives. Includes a library with More Revealed, A.A. Horror Stories, A.A. Cult or Cure?, Saints Run Mad and more.

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My Name is Bill W.

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My Name is Bill W. Starring: James Woods as Bill W., James Garner as Dr. Bob,  JoBeth Williams as Lois Wilson This was a Hallmark made for TV movie about Bill Wilson and Dr.Bob Smith. They founded the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship in the 1930s. The movie follows t ...

My Nightly Review

mynightlyreview.com

My Nightly Review "While in recovery it is easy to let up on our spiritual program of action and rest on what we have achieved. We are headed for trouble if we do, for our dependency on substances is a subtle foe. We are not cured of our reliance on substances. What we rea ...

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My Sobriety

★★★★★www.mysobriety.com

My Sobriety 800 number for assistance with drug or alcohol problems

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 / AA Recovery Zone

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NA / AA Recovery Zone Website offers information on substance abuse and recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous page, Recovery Tools, Recovery Books, Gifts and more.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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)