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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Big Book Step Study in Russian

bigbookstepstudy.ru

Making the Big Book Step Study available to those in the Russian language.

Category:12 Step

Big Book Study Guides

www.bbsg.org

"BBSG.org is a website dedicated to Big Book Study Guides and Big Book Study Groups that are they themselves dedicated to the learning and teaching of the process of improving their lives and that of those around them, recovering from a hopeless state of ...

Category:12 Step

Bill W.

www.page124.com

Bill W. "Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's '100 Persons of the 20th Century.' Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death ...

BlameDenial

★★★★★www.blamedenial.co.uk

A site that challenges the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Category:Anti-12 Step

BlameDenial Videos

uk.youtube.com/user/blamethenile

This Youtube video site has many short videos, many 12-step-critical, on a variety of topics.

Category:Anti-12 Step

Blazing Grace

www.blazinggrace.org

Blazing Grace A web site put together by mostly one person who overcame an addiction to pornography through the power of Christ. The Blazing Grace ministry is not just about heterosexual men; their wives need grace, hope and healing too. There are many women who str ...

Category:Personal Sites

Body Sobriety

8271 Melrose ave suite 107, Los Angeles, CA
www.bodysobriety.com

The Body Sobriety® Center is a premier outpatient wellness center serving the southern California area. The center focuses on drug and alcohol recovery, treating anxiety, depression and eating disorders by reducing the individual’s addictive and/or rea ...

Telephone310 738 2899
E-mail

Books from Healing-Habits.com

healing-habits.com/order_01.php

These are some books published by booksurge related to healing, growth and recovery.

Breaking Free

www.covenanteyes.com/blog/

Breaking Free Breaking Free is the blog of Covenant Eyes, Inc. In the fall of 2007, Covenant Eyes wanted to join the ongoing online discussion about the sex-saturated Internet. Whether it be pornography, cyber-sex, hyper-sexualized media, or online sexual predators. B ...

Category:Level 1

Breathing Space Thailand

breathingspacethailand.com

Breathing Space Thailand provides an all-encompassing addictions rehabilitation facility with a holistic approach and an excellent standard of individualized addictions treatment that includes: * Qualified staff with over 80 years experience of tre ...

Buddhist Recovery

www.buddhistrecovery.org

Buddhist Recovery The Buddhist Recovery Network supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors. Open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, the organizati ...

C4 Recovery Solutions

www.c4recoverysolutions.org

C4 Recovery Solutions "a non-profit corporation to promote the design, provision, and monitoring of outcomes-based services that prevent, or initiate and sustain recovery from substance use disorders. C4 facilitates conferences and workshops related to evidence-based and outco ...

Category:Organizations

Candeo

candeobehaviorchange.com

Candeo This is a program for dealing with sexual addiction issues in the area of pornography, masturbation, fantasizing and so forth. It is based on scientific principles of how our brains function and uses behavioral techniques and community reinforcement to ch ...

Category:Level 1

Celebrate Recovery

www.celebraterecovery.com

Celebrate Recovery The Celebrate Recovery program is part of the Saddleback Church's ministry. This is where Rick Warren pastors, who is the author of the Christian bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life". They have also produced a Celebrate Recovery Bible with comments about ...

Category:Christian

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

★★★★www.camh.net

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. CAMH succeeds in transforming the lives of people affected by addiction and mental illness, by applying the latest in scientific advan ...

Chemical Dependents Anonymous

www.cdaweb.org

Chemical Dependents Anonymous Chemically Dependent Anonymous deals entirely with the disease of addiction. We of CDA do not make distinctions in the recovery process based on any particular substance, believing that the addictive-compulsive usage of chemicals is the core of our diseas ...

Category:Drugs

Cheryls Bookmarks

★★★★★www.cherylsbookmarks.com

Cheryls Bookmarks 12 Step Recovery Laminated Bookmarks, wallet cards and Magnets. Can be customized with group or event logo on the back before laminating..great for events and gifts. Recovery coffee mugs and key tags also available.

Telephone850-729-2022
Fax850-729-2022
E-mail

Chinese Recovery

www.chineserecovery.com

Chinese Recovery Videos, pamphlets in PDF and website links and resources, primarily in Chinese language, with English titles also.

Category:Non-English

Christian 12 Step

www.christian12step.org

Christian 12 Step "The Christian 12 Step Ministry is a teaching ministry presenting the message of recovery and freedom from addiction, through the healing powers of Jesus. This includes any behavior that interferes with our potential to become what we were meant to be. ...

Category:Christian

Christian Recovery Coalition

★★★★★www.christianrecoverycoalition.com

The International Christian Recovery Coalition includes individual children of God and Christian organizations who strongly believe that the power of God is a foundational root of early A.A. recovery successes. They will seek to restore, recognize, and ap ...

Category:Christian