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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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

Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D.

www.sexsmart.com

Aline Zoldbrod, Ph.D. "As a therapist, Aline Zoldbrod is known for her intelligence, humor, and warmth. In practice for 30 years, she brings her life experience as a woman, wife and mother to the therapy using an involved and active model rather than a clinical, distant a ...

All About Codependency

★★★★www.recovery-man.com/coda/codependency.htm

All About Codependency Covers many aspects of codependency. "Codependent Personality Disorder is a dysfunctional relationship with the self characterized by living through or for another, attempts to control others, blaming others, a sense of victimization, attempts to ...

Category:Relationships

All Addictions Anonymous

★★www.alladdictionsanonymous.org

All Addictions Anonymous "WE of All Addictions Anonymous, through our own experience, have found that drunk-a-logs, telling war stories, discussing our personal problems or issues, celebrating medallions or sobriety birthdays, interpreting slogans or reading poetry WILL NOT keep ...

Category:Addiction

All Addicts Anonymous

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PO Box 500, Hankins, New York, USA, 12741
www.alladdictsanonymous.org

All Addicts Anonymous In order to succeed in the All Addicts Anonymous way of life — in order to get sober and stay sober, or get clean and stay clean — do the following: Go to meetings — learn the Four Absolutes, the Twelve Steps, and the Ten Points — practice these princ ...

Category:Addiction
Telephone(888)-4 AAA GROUP
E-mail

Alpha Nutrition

★★★★www.nutramed.com/eatingdisorders/

Alpha Nutrition Eating disorders section of the Alpha Nutrition site. AlphaNutrition is a commercial company that sells books and nutrition packs for healthier eating. The eating disorders section has articles covering the different types of eating disorders, from bingin ...

Category:Food

American Council on Alcoholism

www.aca-usa.org

American Council on Alcoholism Web site for the American Council on Alcoholism, covering many aspects of alcoholism, including articles, tests and resources about alcoholism and a database of meeting locations and an 800 help hotline for alcoholism. "ACA is dedicated to educating t ...

Category:Organizations

AMOT Tapes

www.amottapes.com

AMOT Tapes AA Speaker Tapes are their specialty. AMOT Tapes is a commercial full service recording and high speed audio cassette and CD duplicating company dedicated to 12-step recovery programs and a complete selection of AA Speaker Tapes.

ANAD

www.anad.org

ANAD National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Information about support groups, therapists, clinics and other support in dealing appropriately with Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

Anonymous Press

anonpress.org

Anonymous Press The Anonymous Press web site focuses on resources based on the A.A. Big Book. They have an online bookstore and online books and software for screen savers based on quotes from the Big Book, among other materials.

Category:Tools

AnonymousOne

★★★★www.soberone.com/search1.asp

AnonymousOne A site for all sorts of recovery resources, including an extensive meeting list for various recovery programs. Their meeting search engine is extensive and covers many types of programs, but the official 12 step sites are probably a little more up to date ...

Anxiety Tribe

www.anxietytribe.com

Anxiety Tribe One of many "Tribe" social networking sites. This one focuses on those dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety Zone

www.anxietyzone.com

Forum based website that deals with different aspects and types of anxiety.

Apostol Apostolopoulos

The13thApostol.com

Apostol Apostolopoulos This blog chronicles my journey from Atheist to Christ follower, and from Christ follower to Free Thinker. I have walked on fire, wept with the saints, but no human being could save me from myself...or the meteors. Thank you for reading, Apostol

Category:Forums Blogs
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Be Broken Ministries

★★★★www.bebroken.com

Be Broken Ministries Created to educate, support, and encourage those willing to seek help and recovery from sex addiction. Located in San Antonio, Texas.

Category:Level 1

Beating Addiction

www.beatingaddiction.com

Beating Addiction Social networking site that addresses any and all types of addictions, from food to entertainment to cars. Allows people to designate their own addiction type.

Bethesda Workshops

www.bethesdaworkshops.org

Bethesda Workshops A Christian ministry of the Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville, TN. As described on their website, this is their mission. The mission of Bethesda Workshops is to encourage sexual wholeness by ministering to those damaged by sexual abuse, sin, and addicti ...

Category:Christian

Bibles for America

www.biblesforamerica.org

Bibles for America This organization distributes free Bibles to anyone who requests one. They have a Recovery Version of the New Testament that is especially geared for those in recovery.

Category:Christian

Big Book Bunch

★★★★★www.sober.org

Big Book Bunch Background study and online questions about working through each of the 12 steps (plus step 0!), as well as essays on other topics in recovery.

Category:12 Step