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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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Academy for Eating Disorders

www.aedweb.org

Academy for Eating Disorders "The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is a global, multidisciplinary professional organization that provides cutting-edge professional training and education, inspires new developments in eating disorders research, prevention, and clinical treatments, a ...

Category:Food

Addiction Care Options

★★★★★www.addictioncareoptions.com

Addiction Care Options "The National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Call Center is operated by Healthcare Options. Healthcare Options is affiliated with Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is a licensed, residential treatment center, in Florida. ...

Telephone1-800-784-6776

Addiction Info

www.addictioninfo.org

Addiction Info "AddictionInfo brings together the most current and progressive thinking in the field of drug, alcohol and other behavioral addictions. Current research and clinical trials continue to uncover new and effective, research-based, non-12-step treatment optio ...

Category:Addiction

Addiction Recovery Basics

www.addictionrecoverybasics.com

Addiction Recovery Basics Covers the basics of addiction and recovery with numerous features, including RSS feeds, articles, resources, the ability to share your story and some videos.

Category:Addiction

Addiction Recovery Guide

★★★★★www.addictionrecoveryguide.org

Addiction Recovery Guide The Addiction Recovery Guide assists individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find help that best suits their needs. From evaluation to residential treatment, we have selected a range of outstanding programs and resources. To seek online ...

Category:Alcohol

Addiction Resource Guide

www.addictionresourceguide.com

Addiction Resource Guide A comprehensive directory of addiction treatment facilities online, as well as links to internet resources.

Addiction Search

www.addictionsearch.com

Addiction Search Addiction assistance hotline as well as numerous other resources. These include articles, a forum and blog and multiple links.

Addiction Today

www.addictiontoday.org

Online news publication having articles dealing with addiction and recovery. Sponsored by the addiction recovery foundation.

Category:Publications

Addiction Tribe

www.addictiontribe.com

Addiction Tribe Social networking site for recovery from addictive behaviors. Over 4500 members as of February 2009 and pretty active. First of many "tribes" social networking sites. This deals of course with fighting addictions.

Addiction, Recovery and Yoga

adyo.org

This is mainly an 85 minute documentary about addiction, recovery and yoga. It can be viewed in smaller segments on YouTube, also.

Addicts Mom

www.facebook.com/groups/theaddictsmom/

Group on Facebook. This is what the description on Facebook says: “The Addict’s Mom,” a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children. The relationship between the mother and addicted child is unique; that does not diminish the experiences of othe ...

Adult Children of Alcoholics

★★★★www.adultchildren.org

Adult Children of Alcoholics The official web site for the Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization. "Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. We meet with e ...

Category:12 Step

Adult Children Of Alcoholics (Orange County)

1701 Baker St., Costa Mesa, CA, USA, 92626
members.cox.net/orangecountyadultchildren/

Interactive site features video, audio, articles and links to meetings, chat rooms and message boards for Adult Children of Alcoholics and those that grew up in abusive and dysfunctional homes.

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Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings

★★★★allone.com/12/aca/

Adult Children of Alcoholics Meetings Official meeting list for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)

Al-Anon and Alateen

★★★★www.al-anon.alateen.org

Al-Anon and Alateen The official site for the Al-Anon and Alateen programs "For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives ...

Category:Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous

★★★★★www.aa.org

Alcoholics Anonymous Official site of the Alcohlics Anonymous World Services Organization. This was the original 12 step recovery program that was started in the 1930s. The site contains the latest version of the Big Book, which was the original text for the 12 step program. ...

Category:Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

★★★★★www.aa.org/en_find_meeting.cfm?PageID=72

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings List of links that point to official AA service organization web sites for different locations. These local service organization web sites maintain the official list of meetings for a given area.

Alcoholics for Christ

1316 N Campbell Road, Royal Oak, Mi, USA, 48067
www.alcoholicsforchrist.com

Alcoholics for Christ Founded over 30 years ago in Livonia Michigan by long term sobriety members of AA, Alcoholics for Christ is a 12 step Christ centered recovery way of life. Whom the Son sets Free is Free indeed. John 8:36. AC has meetings operating nightly in dozens of st ...

Category:Christian
Telephone1-800-441-7877 Detroit (248) 399 - 9955
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Alcoholism at About.com

★★★★alcoholism.about.com

Alcoholism at About.com About.com has numerous resources about alcoholism, including topics like "Alcoholism 101", "Do I have a Problem?", "Find a Meeting", "How to Quit", and "12 Step Recovery". ...

Category:Alcohol

Alcoholism Sites with Thumbshots

★★★★www.thumbshots.net/search.aspx?q=alcoholism

Alcoholism Sites with Thumbshots This site directory is taken from the Open Directory project at dmoz.org and adds thumbnails (small pictures of the web site home page) for each web site. It gives you a small look at the web site before you click to go there.

Category:Alcohol