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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12 Step Sayings

★★★★home.earthlink.net/~insure/

12 Step Sayings A collection of commonly used sayings from 12 step programs.

Category:12 Step

12 Step Treatment Centers

www.12steptreatmentcentres.com

12 Step Treatment Centers The guide for residential / non residential 12 Step Alcohol Treatment / Drug Rehab Centers. Including Transitional Living / Sober Living Homes USA & Worldwide. Designed to easily search via multiple criteria for any form of 12 Step Alcohol Treatment cente ...

12 Step Work

12stepwork.com

12 Step Work Written by a very upbeat and candid sponsor in A.A., this website has areas about a spiritual backpack, step worksheets, good advice about working the program and some biographical information about the author.

Category:Personal Sites

12 Steps Unlocked

★★★★★www.smashwords.com/books/view/80326

12 Steps Unlocked "Unlock the true power of the Twelve Step program. This book offers men and women insight into the underlying workings of the Twelve Steps. Personal stories of men and women in recovery illustrate the effectiveness of the program. The mix of pain, inspira ...

12 Stitch

★★★www.12stitch.com

12 Stitch "12 Stitch is for recovering people, made by recovering people. It's apparel with a purpose. ...12 Stitch is owned, designed and produced by Rebuild Resources, Inc., a not-for-profit social enterprise with the mission of employing recovering addicts and a ...

Category:Clothes

12-Step Coercion Watch

groups.yahoo.com/group/12-Step_Coercion_Watch

This yahoogroup is concerned with the problem of coercion into AA (and NA). We take the position that it is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution to force anyone to become involved with AA or other 12-step groups.

Category:Anti-12 Step

12-step-free

health.groups.yahoo.com/group/12-step-free

The granddaddy of anti-AA and anti-12-step yahoogroups.

Category:Anti-12 Step

12Step TV

12step.tv

12Step TV "12 Step TV’s purpose is to help you recognize negative habits and addictions, accept their reality, and take effective actions that lead to freedom. Also, to help you recognize and deal effectively with the addictions and habits of others. 12 Step ...

12Step.com

www.12step.com

12Step.com Comprehensive general information about the 12 step program along with articles about recent news events related to addiction, recovery and the 12 step program. Includes overview of each step, history, a directory of treatment centers for each state, vide ...

12StepMeetings.org

12stepmeetings.org

12StepMeetings.org Many sites are good, but it is believed that folks should be able to go to one web location for all the meetings in the world for a particular organization. Outdated meeting information can be found all over the web. Attempting to go to a meeting that no ...

12Steps and Winding Road

12stepsandawindingroad.blogspot.com

Weekly inspirational blogs based on the 12 Steps and an original music CD...12 Steps And A Winding Road...songs of hope and healing...

Category:Music

4th Step Workshop

★★★★★www.step12.com/step-4.html

4th Step Workshop Information and worksheets on the 4th step

A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps

★★★www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%

A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps Author: Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.  This review is for the 1989 version. There is also a newer 1994 version. This is by Patrick Carnes, who also wrote Out of the Shadows, a classic about sexual addiction. This book is billed as a "Guidebook" ...

A Hunger for Healing

★★★★★www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%

A Hunger for Healing Author: J. Keith Miller Subtitled "The Twelve Steps as a Classical Model for Christian Spiritual Growth", Keith Miller goes through the classic 12 step program and describes how it can be used very effectively for Christian spiritual growth, ...

A. Michael Johnson, Ph.D.

www.sexual-addict.com

A. Michael Johnson, Ph.D. Therapist in Austin, TX that deals extensively with sexual addiction. The web site has several resources about sexual addiction and how to deal with them from a 12 step program standpoint.

A.A. and Al-Anon CDs and Tapes

★★★★www.12steptapes.com

A.A. and Al-Anon CDs and Tapes CDs and tapes of talks from Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings. Membership is offered where you can receive a tape or CD every month. Costs range from $5 to $60 for recordings.

A.A. History

★★★★★aa-history.com

A.A. History Extensive history about the people and events involved in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous. Has many materials from Dick B's website at www.dickb.com.

Category:12 Step

A.A. Speaker Tapes

★★★★★www.elmoware.com

A.A. Speaker Tapes Archive of many audio recordings of  A.A. speakers, including Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. These are all free to download and listen to.

AA Agnostica

aaagnostica.org

Described as "A space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide", it presents the A.A. steps from an agnostic perspective. There are many articles from many different authors as well as news items about how this approach has not always been we ...

Category:Personal Sites

AA Grapevine

★★★★www.aagrapevine.org

AA Grapevine The original magazine publication dealing with the 12 step recovery program. It has been sponsored by Alcoholics Anonymous through many decades and contains articles and audio files about recovery from alcoholism using the 12 step approach.  The site ...

Category:Publications