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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Christian Recovery Fellowship

www.christianrecoveryministries.com

Christian Recovery Fellowship All purpose site for Christian cyber-fellowship for those in recovery. It includes many articles and readings as well as 24 hour forums, links, a gift store and other tools.

Category:Christian

Clean and Sober - Not Dead

★★★★★www.cleanandsobernotdead.com

"Being clean and sober is a way of life. A fun, exciting, purposeful life that is a result of working some simple steps. This website is dedicated to carrying the message to other alcoholics and addicts while also encompassing the multi-faceted adventure ...

Category:Personal Sites

Clutterers Anonymous

sites.google.com/site/clutterersanonymous/

Clutterers Anonymous Clutterers Anonymous (CLA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem with clutter and help each other to recover. Our primary purpose is to stop cluttering o ...

Category:Other

Cocaine Anonymous

★★★★★www.ca.org

Cocaine Anonymous Official web site for Cocaine Anonymous World Center. Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addict ...

Category:Narcotic Drugs

CoDA Australia

www.freewebs.com/ozcoda/

CoDA Australia Literature for Codependents Anonymous as well as a CoDA Meeting list for Australia. Literature includes details about sponsorship, list of available pamphlets and books, downloadable articles in the Focus Readings section, as well as news and a list of ot ...

Category:12 Step Groups

CoDependents Anonymous

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PO Box 33577, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 85067-3577
www.coda.org

CoDependents Anonymous Official web site of CoDA World Fellowship. "A CoDA group is composed of two or more individuals whose purpose in meeting is a desire for healthy relationships. A group applies the principles of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, as adapted ...

Category:Relationships
Telephone(888) 444-2359
E-mail

Codependents of Sex Addicts

www.cosa-recovery.org

Codependents of Sex Addicts "COSA is a 12-step recovery program for men and women whose lives have been affected by another person's compulsive sexual behavior." "Adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, COSA is a program for our spiritual development, no matter what our re ...

Category:Relationships

Comparison of Personal Journal Software

journals.us.com

Comparison of Personal Journal Software Site that compares the features of different journal software programs for personal journaling in general. This can be used if one is wanting to keep a personal journal during recovery.

Category:Software

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous(CEA) - HOW Dallas Intergrou...

P. O. Box 542105, Dallas, TX, USA, 75354
dallasceahow.org

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous(CEA) - HOW Dallas Intergroup Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-H.O.W. (CEA-HOW)is a 12 step program for compulsive eaters and food addicts. We offer a disciplined and structured approach to recovery from food addiction. We are not a diet club. However, we do use a food plan and have a d ...

Category:Overeating
Telephone972-949-4115
E-mail

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous--HOW

www.ceahow.org

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous--HOW CEA-HOW is a Fellowship of men and women who meet to share their experience, strength, and hope with one another in order that they may solve their common problem and help those who still suffer to recover from compulsive eating. HOW meetings offer a disc ...

Category:Overeating

Compulsive Gamblers Anonymous

cganonymous.org

Site set up by someone who has recovered from compulsive gambling and offers hope and help to others.

Category:Personal Sites

CoolNurse on Self-Injury

★★★★www.coolnurse.com/self-injury.htm

CoolNurse on Self-Injury Overview of Self-Injury with some advice for dealing with it.

Cornerstone to Recovery Podcast

www.cornerstonetorecovery.org

Cornerstone to Recovery Podcast '"Cornerstone To Recovery" is a weekly ½ hour (sometimes 45 minutes) Christian Recovery show supporting those who are healed or recovering from any type of addiction. The show is hosted by Pastor Tom Nelson.' -From their web site

Counseling Affiliates

www.sexaddictionhelp.com

Counseling Affiliates The Counseling Affiliates Sexual Addiction Treatment Center is located in Houston, TX and offers licensed therapists who deal extensively with sex addicts and their partners. Their site also offers numerous other resources related to sexual addiction, inc ...

Category:Organizations

Creating Dreams, from the nightmares of hell...

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PO Box 101, Diller, NE, USA, 68342
www.daveharm.com

Creating Dreams, from the nightmares of hell... An inspirational site about hopes and dreams, that come alive through recovery

Category:12 Step

Crossroads Centre Antigua

crossroadsantigua.org

Crossroads Centre Antigua Founded by musician Eric Clapton and UK Advocates founder Bob Beckett, This is a titled "An International Centre for Healing". It is located on the beautiful island of Antigua and staffed by medical and addiction professionals. They offer both a 29 day an ...

Crystal Meth Anonymous

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4470 W Sunset Blvd Suite 107 PMB 555, 213.488.4455 (HOTLINE), CA, USA, 90027
www.crystalmeth.org

Crystal Meth Anonymous Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is ...

Category:Narcotic Drugs
Telephone213.488.4455 (HOTLINE)

Cyber Recovery Fellowship

★★★★★www.cyberrecovery.net

Cyber Recovery Fellowship Contains a large forum for all sorts of questions and answers concerning recovery and overcoming addictive behaviors. Also there are numerous links to other sites that cover all sorts of recovery topics, from treatment centers to meetings to jokes and acr ...

CyberSexualAddiction

www.cybersexualaddiction.com

CyberSexualAddiction Site contains articles, some book reviews, 2 tests and an FAQ about sexual addiction, especially as relates to online material.

Category:Level 1

Daily Strength

www.dailystrength.org

Daily Strength Described in February 2010 as "the largest, most comprehensive health network of people sharing their advice, treatment experiences and support". The areas dealt with range from health issues like cancer and fibromyalgia to bipolar disorder, depression, m ...