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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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 Now merged with SoberCircle, so it is unknown how long they will be separate URLs. 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 o ...

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.

Overcome Sexual Addiction

www.sexualcontrol.com

Overcome Sexual Addiction A useful resource about the psychological factors involved in breaking an addiction to porn, masturbation and sex. It contains very insightful remarks about how sex addiction differs from other addictions and how an individual can successfully overcome th ...

Category:Sex Addiction

Overeaters Anonymous

www.oa.org

Overeaters Anonymous Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a Twelve Step program for people identifying themselves as "powerless over food" including, but not limited to, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorder, bulimics and anorexics. OA was founded by Rozanne S. and ...

Category:Overeating

Pacific Hills Treatment Centers

www.pachills.com

Pacific Hills Treatment Centers "At Pacific Hills, we provide a unique, cost-effective alternative to the traditional treatment of substance abuse. We specialize in the treatment of adults struggling with Co-Occurring / Dual Diagnosis issues and multiple relapses, while we emphasize th ...

Telephone866-536-7158

Personal site of Deb Arneson

debfarneson.blog.com

Personal site of Deb Arneson Personal story of how Deb Arneson went from a life using drugs and self-injury to finding recovery and healing in her life with God through Jesus Christ.

Category:Personal Sites

Pills Anonymous

www.pillsanonymous.org

“Pills Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from pill addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to sto ...

Porn-Free.org

www.porn-free.org

Porn-Free.org Porn-free.org helps people discover the truth about pornography and "sexual" addictions. While sex is a wonderful, God-given gift, it can be abused like a drug for a variety of reasons. Today, many people find themselves captive to addictive cyc ...

Category:Christian

Portal on Alcohol Addiction

192 blvd street, 21/a avenue road, NY, NY, United States
www.alcoholaddiction.org

This is a comprehensive addiction portal focusing on topics of alcohol and drug abuse.

Category:Alcohol
Telephone919993999966
E-mail

Powerfully Recovered

powerfullyrecovered.com/articles/articleix.htm

Powerfully Recovered The navigation was not always working well on this site in Feb. 2011, but it has links to several good thoughtful articles and reviews about a book entitled Powerfully Recovered, which is available on amazon.com.

Practice These Principles

PracticeThesePrinciplesTheBook.com

Practice These Principles Practice These Principles brings clarity to the relationship between the Steps and principles, offering a comprehensive understanding of what these principles are and how we can practice them in our daily affairs. Its purpose is to help us work the Steps ...

Project Know

www.projectknow.com

Project Know Articles covering numerous types of addictions, including alcohol, illegal drugs, nicotine, prescription drugs, drug rehab, recovery, eating disorders, gambling, internet addiction, intervention and drug detox.