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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StepChat.com

★★★½www.stepchat.com

StepChat.com A site dedicated primarily to on-going online meetings. The site has 8 different chat rooms, 5 of which have meeting schedules and 3 of which are always open for open chat sessions. Chat meetings deal with addictions for alcohol, drugs, al-anon/codependen ...

Category:12 Step

Stepper Stones

www.stepperstones.com

Stepper Stones "Stepper Stones is dedicated to honoring the Recovery Journey of all men and women who together make it One Day At A Time." "Stepper Stones are made of Virtual Gold, Silver, Bronze and Granite stone blocks. They are engraved with your Name, Recovery Da ...

Stepping Stone Ministry

www.steppingstoneministry.org

Stepping Stone Ministry A ministry from Trinity Reformed Church in Rotterdam, New York. They have AA meetings, Al-Anon Meetings and a Men's Prayer & Medication Group. Hours are published on their website.

Category:Local Groups

Sunlight Of The Spirit Music

www.sunlightofthespiritmusic.com

Sunlight Of The Spirit Music Advertised as the only music store on the planet offering music solely from artists in recovery. They also sponsor the Sober Cafe weekly podcast.

Category:Music

Support Systems Homes, Inc.

★★★www.recoverythroughsupport.com

Support Systems Homes, Inc. Support Systems Homes, Inc™ is dedicated to providing alcohol and drug rehab programs of the highest quality for the most affordable rates throughout California and Nationwide, including San Jose, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, ...

Telephone1-800-811-1800

SupportGroups.com

www.supportgroups.com

SupportGroups.com SupportGroups.com is an online support groups community that has over 200 Online Support Groups. Our goal is to bring people together around life's challenges by providing concise, up-to-date information and a meeting place for individuals, their friends ...

Category:Recovery Groups

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

★★★★★www.siawso.org

Survivors of Incest Anonymous A resource to survivors of child sexual abuse that can be an aid in recovery. The only requirement for membership is that you are a victim of child sexual abuse, and you are not abusing any child. They define incest very broadly as a sexual experience by ...

Category:12 Step

TeensHealth on Cutting

★★★★www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/feeling_sad/cutting.html

TeensHealth on Cutting Articles and references about cutting from the KidsHealth/TeensHealth web site. Explanation of what it is, how to deal with it and where to get help.

The 12 Steps

www.the12steps.com

The 12 Steps Network, Community and Resources. Helpful explanations for different kinds of meditation and the background of many aspects of the 12 step program

Category:12 Step

The 12 Steps Illustrated

the-twelve-steps.com

A very visual guide to the 12 Steps that includes art (original as well as famous) and artistic perspectives of how the 12 steps have been reflected in different approaches throughout history. Billed as a "fun guide to the 12 Steps", it is enjoyable and e ...

Category:12 Step

The Anonymous One

★★★★★www.anonymousone.com/Books_Index1.htm

The Anonymous One Numerous creative T-shirt designs, usually take-offs on many well-known brands or sayings with a recovery twist.

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The Circle of Life

www.amazon.com/Circle-Life-Alcoholic-Recovery-Workbook/dp/14

The Circle of Life The Circle Of Life workbook a guide for recovery from alcoholism. In our workbook we discuss and work through the 12 Step recovery process.

The Impact of Alcoholics Anonymous on other substance a...

www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=2613294

Academic article from the Center for Addictions and Recovery about A.A. and other 12 Step programs

Category:12 Step

The Jaywalker Site

★★★★★www.thejaywalker.com

The Jaywalker Site Based on a parable in the Big Book about jay-walking, this site has many unique features based around Bill W and the Big Book, including an original 6 step program of A.A. in Bill W's handwriting, Twelve Traditions Checklist, Worksheets and so forth.

Category:12 Step

The Orange Papers

★★★½www.orange-papers.org

The Orange Papers Certainly one of the most extensive criticisms of the 12 step approach and most specifically of A.A.

Category:Anti-12 Step

The Second Road

www.thesecondroad.org

The Second Road Our Mission Find supporters and community you can relate to, share stories, thoughts and feelings, reach life-changing goals- large and tiny, one minute or one year at a time- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TheSecondRoad.org is a Charlottesville, VA ...

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health

www.ncsac.org

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) offers hope and valuable resources to those seeking information about sexual addiction. - From their web site

Category:Sex Addiction

The Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Program

www.drkrevoy.com

The Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Program A low-fee, non-profit outpatient program in the Los Angeles area for eating disorders.

Therapy Tribe

www.therapytribe.com

Therapy Tribe One of series of "Tribe" social networking sites, although this one is a bit different. It is a way to find a therapist in your area. Therapists have their own page describing their practice, and you can search by zip code and/or specialty.

Thought Life Connection

thoughtlifeconnect.wordpress.com

Thought Life Connection Blog about the 12 steps and recovery. Also they host an online broadcast every Sunday morning at 10:00 am PDT. They broadcast live from N. Hollywood, CA. You can watch this meeting from anywhere in the world. Just click the Ustream link on their website. ...

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