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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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.

Pure Life Ministries

www.purelifeministries.org

Pure Life Ministries Pure Life Ministries exists to serve Christian individuals and organizations dealing with sexual sin throughout the world by providing biblically based counseling, teaching materials and a public speaking ministry with the goal of leading Christians to vi ...

Category:Christian

Pure Warrior

www.purewarrior.org

Pure Warrior This site provides help for men struggling with secret sexual sin. We do that through this website, being a conduit to other ministries, providing resources on this site and by presenting high impact workshops in Churches across the country. The resources ...

Category:Christian

RADD

www.radd.org

RADD "RADD, 'The Entertainment Industry's Voice for Road Safety' , is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that empowers celebrities and media partners to create positive attitudes about road safety. Founded in 1986, RADD advocates the use of ...

Category:Music

Rageaholics Anonymous

www.rageaholicsanonymous.org

Rageaholics Anonymous It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the rageaholic, whose hope is the maintenance an ...

Category:Other

Rageaholics Anonymous meeting

3311 E Red Bridge Rd #B, Kansas City, MO, USA, 64137

This local group meets at Herrnhut Apartment Complex Club House on Wednesday nights from 8:15 to 9:15pm in Kansas City, MO, for those dealing with rage and strong anger. It's open to adults - men and women.

Category:Local Groups
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Rational Recovery

★★★★★www.rational.org

Rational Recovery Takes a psychological approach to addiction recovery. Addictive Voice Recognition Technique ® (AVRT®) is an approach to addiction recovery based upon the experiences of people who have actually recovered independently, as an expression of mora ...

Category:Scientific

Recovering Couples Anonymous

★★★★★www.recovering-couples.org

Recovering Couples Anonymous Ours is a fellowship of recovering couples. We are committed to restoring healthy communication and caring and, as we do this, we find greater joy and intimacy. Many of us participate in other 12-Step Fellowships. We share our experience, strength, an ...

Category:Relationships

Recovery 101 Podcast

★★★★★recovery101.podomatic.com

Recovery 101 Podcast A blog and podcast put together, all about recovery. Based loosely on 12 step recovery programs. The format is less like a meeting and more like going to coffee afterwards. The "Meeting AFTER the Meeting", as it were.

Recovery Emporium

★★★★★www.recoveryemporium.com

Recovery Emporium A directory of links and information about recovery.

Recovery for You

sandralenington.com/AddictionRecovery/

Recovery for You Addiction and Recovery site from a Life Recovery coach, Sandra Lenington. On this site there are resources for recovery and overviews of approaches.

Recovery Graphics

recoverygraphics.com

Recovery Graphics Source for all sorts of graphics and images dealing with recovery. Great for use with recovery social networking sites.

Recovery In Christ

recoveryinchrist.org

Recovery In Christ Recovery In Christ Ministries, Inc., informally began in 1985. A handful of Christians who were involved with traditional 12 step groups came together for coffee in a local restaurant after a regular meeting. The Lord blessed the gathering with His pre ...

Category:Christian

Recovery Life

recoverylife.com

Site with extensive materials dealing with A.A. and recovery. Contains articles, online bookstore, links, peoples explanations of working the steps, A.A. background and much more.

Recovery Nation

www.recoverynation.com

Recovery Nation "Welcome to Recovery Nation. Within this site exists free self-help recovery resources for sex addicts, love addicts and porn addicts that cannot be found anywhere else. In fact, anyone struggling with any type of sexually compulsive behavior--whether you ...

Recovery Realm

★★★½www.recoveryrealm.com

Recovery Realm Online AA, NA ,12 step and recovery chat, online meetings, message forums,and blogs. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

Recovery Road Map

recoveryroadmap.com

The Recovery Road Map is a series of informational handouts (downloadable and printable for members) that assist either the addict, a helping family member or professional counselor to create a pathway to recovery that the addict can follow as a self-dire ...