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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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

Serenity Prayer Gifts on Squidoo.com!

★★★★★www.squidoo.com/serenityprayergifts

Serenity Prayer Gifts on Squidoo.com! Welcome to the Squidoo Lens for Serenity Prayer Gifts We offer prints, cards, tee shirts, apparel, and other items featuring recovery slogans and the timeless beauty of the Serenity Prayer. We have shops at both CafePress and Zazzle: http://www ...

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Serenity Shop

★★★★★www.cafepress.com/serenity_shoppe

Serenity Shop "The Serenity Shoppe is a 12 Step Program Recovery store. When I hear interesting recovery sayings in meetings I put it on a t-shirt, sweatshirt, coffee mug, bumper sticker, magnet or one of the many other gift items in the store. These are not the typica ...

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Setting Captives Free

★★★★★www.settingcaptivesfree.com

Setting Captives Free Takes a strong Christian approach to dealing with overcoming various addictive behaviors, from pornography and sexual addictions to food, gambling, nicotine/smoking, alcohol and substance abuse. Approach is based on taking a free online course over an ext ...

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Sex Addiction Links with Thumbnails

★★★★www.thumbshots.net/webguide.aspx?cat=Society%2fSexuality%2fS

Sex Addiction Links with Thumbnails This is a list of sites from the Open Directory project, but these have thumbnails (small pictures) of the home page of each of the sites.

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Sex Addicts Anonymous

★★★★www.sexaa.org

Sex Addicts Anonymous Official site for the International Service Organization of Sex Addicts Anonymous, Inc. Sex Addicts Anonymous, SAA, is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addicti ...

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Sex Addicts Anonymous

www.saa-recovery.org

Sex Addicts Anonymous Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) is a Twelve Step program for sex addicts. SAA was found in 1977 by several men who wanted a greater sense of anonymity that what was provided in other Twelve Step programs for sex addicts. SAA is open to anyone who desires to s ...

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Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

★★★★www.slaafws.org

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a Twelve Step - Twelve Tradition oriented fellowship based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the resources we draw on is our willingness to stop acting out in our own personal bottom line addictive ...

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Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

www.slaafws.org

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) is a Twelve Step program for people seeking recovery from sex addiction and love addiction. SLAA was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977, by a musician who was also a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Though h ...

Category:Level 2

Sexaholics Anonymous

★★★★★www.sa.org

Sexaholics Anonymous Official web site for Sexaholics Anonymous.

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Sexaholics Anonymous Meetings

★★★★www.sa.org/top/

Sexaholics Anonymous Meetings Top level list of links for meetings around the world for Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexhelp.com

★★★★★www.sexhelp.com

Sexhelp.com Offering sex addiction and recovery resources from international sex addiction expert Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. He is author of a classic text on sex and pornography addiction called Out of the Shadows.

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Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources

★★★★★www.sarr.org

Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources Links to about 375 resources on the web that deal with sexual addiction and recovery. Some of the links are broken or outdated, but there is still a plethora of information dealing with sexual addiction.

Category:Sex Addiction

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

sca-recovery.org

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous Sexual Compulsives 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 sexual compulsion. The only requirement for membership is ...

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Sexual Recovery Anonymous

sexualrecovery.org

Sexual Recovery Anonymous Sexual Recovery Anonymous (SRA) 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. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop ...

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Silkworth.net

★★★★★silkworth.net

Several resources for recovery from Alcoholism, especially as regards the history of A.A. Dr. Silkworth was the medical doctor who wrote the Doctor's Opinion in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and so this site is apparently in honor of him. Th ...

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