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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Delray Recovery Center

311 SW 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL, United States, 33444
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Delray Recovery Center Intensive outpatient program for drug rehab and alcohol treatment located in the heart of the recovery capital of the world, Delray Beach, Florida.

Telephone561-414-1126
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Dependency Solutions

www.dependencysolutions.com

Dependency Solutions "Dependency Solutions exists to aid the individual and family who are needing alcohol rehab and drug rehab located in Oregon. For those that have been suffering from substance abuse dependency and guiding them through healing the mind, body and spirit t ...

Depression Tribe

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Depression Tribe One of a series of "Tribe" social networks. This focuses on those dealing with major depression.

Detox Houston

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Detox Houston "Detox Houston services are designed to safely detox and stabilize individuals from opiate pain medications, alcohol, or other substances, in a manner that prevents the discomfort of withdrawal, craving, or relapse, while not disrupting daily or family sc ...

Dr. Bob and A.A.

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Dr. Bob and A.A. An in-depth exploration of the life of "Dr. Bob", Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D., Cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous and the “The Prince of All Twelfth Steppers”.

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Dr. Irene's Verbal Abuse Site

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Dr. Irene's Verbal Abuse Site This site is created, owned, operated, and funded by Dr. Irene Matiatos. This is the place for you if you think you may be in an abusive relationship or may be abusive yourself.

Drug Addiction Worksheets for Students

www.lessonplanet.com/search?grade=all&keywords=addiction+to+

This is a list compiled mainly for educators that cover aspects of drugs, drug addiction and the effects of drugs.

Drug Rehab Program Directory

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Drug Rehab Program Directory Extensive listing of drug rehab centers in the United States and some international centers, broken down by state and city. Some have testimonials and there are also listings of other resources associated with rehab.

Drug Strategies

www.drugstrategies.org

Drug Strategies Directory site with 800 hotline number. Has directories for AA and NA meetings as well as treatment centers grouped by state. There are also links to many articles about addiction.

Telephone800-559-9503

Dual Recovery Anonymous

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P.O. Box 8107, Prairie Village, Kansas, 66202
www.draonline.org

Dual Recovery Anonymous Dual Recovery Anonymous is a 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps us recover from both our chemical dependency and our ...

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Telephone913/991-2703 (9-5 Central)
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eAA Group

★★★★★www.e-aa.org

eAA Group The e (as in electronic or virtual) group of Alcoholics Anonymous. They have chat rooms, links, and many other resources related to A.A.

Category:Online

Emotional Health Anonymous

P.O. Box 2081, San Gabriel, CA, 91778
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Emotional Health Anonymous "Emotional Health Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may recover from their emotional problems and help others who still suffer to find a new way of life. We are not professio ...

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Emotions Anonymous

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Emotions Anonymous The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Our program has been known to work miracles in the lives of many who suffer from problems as diverse as depression, anger, broken or strained relationships, grief, anxiety, low ...

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Emotions Anonymous Meetings

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Emotions Anonymous Meetings Official meeting list for Emotions Anonymous

eNotAlone.com Articles on Addiction

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eNotAlone.com Articles on Addiction Articles and discussion about addictions with special sections on addictions to pornography, sex and love, tobacco and chemical substances (drugs).

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Escaping From The Cult of AA

groups.yahoo.com/group/EFTCoaa/

Escaping From The Cult of AA This yahoogroup starts from the premise that AA is a cult. The purpose is to support those who are working on deprogramming from AA, as well as other 12-step groups.

Category:Anti-12 Step

EveryStudent section on Porn

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EveryStudent section on Porn EveryStudent.com is a Christian site geared towards college students and asking the questions of college life. This section explores the Christian perspective towards pornography.

Category:Level 1

Faithful & True Ministries

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Faithful & True Ministries "We are a Christian recovery ministry for individuals and couples who struggle because of sexual addiction. Combining our own experiences in recovery, and study with some of the finest minds in the secular and Christian communities, we have developed a pr ...

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Five Elements of Recovery

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Five Elements of Recovery Free meditation video series on the Five Elements of Recovery.

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Food Addicts in Recovery

★★★★★www.foodaddicts.org

Food Addicts in Recovery Official site for the World Service Office for Food Addicts in Recovery. "FA has proven to be an effective, long-term solution to food addiction for many food addicts, whether they be undereaters, bulimics, overeaters, or otherwise food-obsessed. ...

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