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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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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

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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 ...

Recovery Social Network

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Recovery Social Network "Recovery Social Network is a social network for people in recovery from addiction of drugs and alcohol, as well as compulsive gamblers, people with eating disorders, and self harm addiction. Members can start their own profile, add pictures and even star ...

Recovery The Sacred Art The Twelve Steps as Spiritual P...

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Recovery The Sacred Art The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice By Rami Shapiro Foreword by Joan Borysenko, PhD In this hope-filled approach to spiritual and personal growth, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are uniquely interpreted to speak to everyone seeking a freer and more God-centered life. This spe ...

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Recovery Threads

303 Redberry Rd., Draper, UT, USA, 84020
www.recoverythreads.com

Recovery Threads Recovery Threads™ is dedicated to providing the highest quality T-shirts and clothing to the recovering community. All of our shirts are printed with the highest quality inks, multiple screens, and precision dryers. Each Recovery Threads™ T-shirt is const ...

Category:Clothes
Telephone(801) 576-1101
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Recovery Times

www.recoverytimes.com

Recovery Times Online magazine about recovery. Extensive resources for personal stories, articles about recovery, book reviews and more.

Category:Publications

Recovery Universe

★★★★★www.recoveryuniverse.com

Recovery Universe A little known but very nice site dealing with recovery issues using primarily the 12 Step approach. It has chat rooms, audio files of talks and many other resources. It won the Recovery Website of the year in 2005 from Recovery Times, a well-deserved hon ...

Recovery Web

★★★★★www.recovery-man.com

Recovery Web Numerous resources covering numerous types of addictions and resources for recovery. These include the following different areas, among many others. http://www.recovery-man.com/bookstore.htm - Bookstore http://www.recovery-man.com/cd.htm - Chemic ...

Category:Addiction

Recovery-Inn Talk Forum Popular

★★★★★recoveryinn.yuku.com

Recovery-Inn Talk Forum 12 Step Discussion Forum for all addictions. No debates, no mavens. Just loving recovering members who are there for each other and anyone who has a desire to stop thier addiction

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RecoveryChat.com

★★★★www.recoverychat.com

RecoveryChat.com Web site focused primarily on chat rooms and online meetings. There are meetings scheduled every day and usually someone is in a chat room most hours of the day. Registration is required to participate, but registration is free. Meeting times are also inc ...

Category:Online

RecoverySuperstore.com

★★★★★www.recoverysuperstore.com

RecoverySuperstore.com The largest 12 Step store online with over 600 book titles, audio, video, and recovery gifts. Your recovery is their passion. Discounts available for treatment centers.

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Road Recovery

roadrecovery.com

Road Recovery ROAD RECOVERY is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience and knowledge. With ...