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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Recovery Times

www.recoverytimes.com

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

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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

★★★★★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.

Telephone866-526-1777
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RecoveryUSA Meeting List

★★★★www.recoveryusa.net/Chat.html

RecoveryUSA Meeting List Excellent list of links for meetings, listed both by location and by addiction.

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 ...

RogerG's 12 step recovery home page

home.capecod.net/~action-12steps/

Very extensive set of resources for working the 12 Step program of A.A. These resources include worksheets, links to audio of people working the steps, summaries of the steps and other excellent links to resources on the web. It is not updated very often, ...

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RSA Ministries

www.rsaministries.org

RSA Ministries Renewal from Sexual Addiction (RSA) is a Christ-centered, 12 Step based, self-help support group for men seeking recovery from lust and compulsive sexual behaviors. We believe that the cornerstone for our recovery is the power, grace, and love of Jesus Ch ...

Category:Sex Addiction

Sacred Connections

www.12wisdomsteps.com

Sacred Connections This interactive web site provides an easy-to-use instrument which demonstrates how the universal principles found in the 12 Steps of A.A., are also found in each of the wisdom traditions. The Invitation Please accept this invitation to cross the tr ...

Saint Jude Retreat House

www.soberforever.net

Saint Jude Retreat House Billed as America's number one Non-12-Step based program. It uses a program called the Jude Thaddeus Program. They describe it as follows on their web site. "First it is important to know what the Jude Thaddeus is not: it is not treatment; it is not re ...

Telephone888-424-2626

SAMHSA

★★★★★www.samhsa.gov

SAMHSA Official website for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Extensive resources about government programs, grants and news as concerns substance abuse and mental ...

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Santa Monica Sam

santamonicasam.blogspot.com

Santa Monica Sam The first verse of This Thing Called Addiction speaks to the nature of addiction. The second verse is about the repercussions/consequences of the disease. The third verse addresses hope and inspiration. The lyrics in this song take the listener on a ...

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Searchlight Intervention East London South Africa

www.facebook.com/loveadonai

Searchlight Drug Intervention offers personal drug interventions upon request from individuals, parents and employers. Addicts are removed from the danger areas and placed in a safe house where they can begin the recovery process. Assessments of addict ...

Telephone+27715448252

Self Mutilators Anonymous

www.selfmutilatorsanonymous.org

Self Mutilators Anonymous Self Mutilators 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 physical self-mutilation. They meet twice a week in New ...

Self-Injury Community at HealthyPlaces.com

★★★★www.healthyplace.com/Communities/self_injury/Site/index.htm

Self-Injury Community at HealthyPlaces.com Features chat rooms, forums, associated journals/blogs and some sub-sites like http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Self_Injury/healingtouch/index.html - A Healing Touch http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Self_Injury/bloodred/index.html - B ...

Self-injury.net

www.self-injury.net

Self-injury.net Site built by Gabrielle, who has done S.I. Site contains chat room (seems fairly active), all sorts of quotes, pictures, polls, writings, an excellent set of links and other resources. See their sitemap for the full listing of features.

Serenity Happens - for the Neck Down

★★★www.serenityhappens.com

Serenity Happens - for the Neck Down "Over 4000 recovery 12 step T-shirts and gifts designed from our base in far West Texas following years of training at the Old Sorehead Group of Alkieholics Anonymous. We celebrate the fun in sobriety and design shirts for those with a slightly twisted se ...

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Serenity Music

www.serenitymusic.com

Serenity Music Music and More for the Healing Arts Includes 12 Step Meditations and other music and products that are geared towards healing and serenity. Covers many traditions and approaches.

Category:Music