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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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Healing for the Soul

healingforthesoul.org

Healing for the Soul "You’ve landed. You’ve arrived at a site dedicated to Sexual Addiction Recovery and help for Unwanted Same Sex Attraction. You’ve probably got a sick feeling in your stomach. Or you may be scared, lonely, and ashamed, feeling sure no one can help. Mayb ...

Category:Sex Addiction

Healing Songs

www.healingsongs.net

Healing Songs Website related to a CD for songs "to all those out there who are dealing with problems in life that stem from being raised in a dysfunctional situation".

Category:Music

Heart t' Heart

www.heart-t-heart.org

Heart t' Heart An LDS (Latter-Day-Saints) 12 Step Addiction Recovery Group

Category:12 Step

Heart to Heart Counseling Center

★★★★www.sexaddict.com

Heart to Heart Counseling Center Doug Weiss is a well known Christian counselor for sex addiction. He will do counseling over the phone and also has books, DVDs, audio downloads and other resources.

HelpGuide.com

★★★★★www.helpguide.org

HelpGuide.com A non-profit guide to many resources for healthy living, including those to fight addictions as well as for other challenges in life. These include resources for mental health, aging, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep, autism, ADD, bipolar diso ...

HerStory - Women Whose Lives Have Been Affected

www.herstorylives.com

HerStory - Women Whose Lives Have Been Affected Many anonymous stories of women whose lives have been affected negatively by pornography.

Category:Level 1

Higher Calling

★★★★www.higher-calling.com

Higher Calling Christian site with forums, Bible studies, podcast and other resources to deal with pornography addictions.

Category:Level 1

Hinds Foot Foundation

hindsfoot.org

Hinds Foot Foundation A not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 for the publication of materials on the history and theory of alcoholism treatment and the moral and spiritual dimensions of recovery. This is an extensive bibliography of books related to recovery from a ...

Category:12 Step

HIV/AIDS Tribe

www.hivaidstribe.com

HIV/AIDS Tribe One of several "Tribe" social networking sites. This one focuses on those dealing with HIV/AIDS.

Hope & Serenity

Meadowbrook Lane, Markham, Ontario, Canada
hopeserenity.ca

Hope & Serenity A coaching service and web site operated by a certified life coach and recovering alcoholic. Global coaching via telephone or Skype.

Telephone905 477 7972
E-mail

Hope by the Sea

www.hopebythesea.com

Hope by the Sea A popular retreat center located in California. It has focused on dual diagnosis and uses both the 12 steps and psychological orientations in treatment.

Hope, Help, and Power to Heal & Recover

www.gbickle.com

Hope, Help, and Power to Heal & Recover Website for an author of two books related to recovery and personal growth. There is a blog, links to resources and several inspiring articles. "Georganne is available to speak or teach a workshop at your event, club, organization, or church. She will ...

I Love Recovery

iloverecovery.com

I Love Recovery Sites with blogs/articles that are reflections about recovery. Sections include Addiction 101, Inside My Mind, Emotional Intelligence, Relationships and Recovery, among many others. Originally written by Amy, born in 1972, recovering since 2008. Taken ove ...

Category:Forums Blogs

ImproveOurConsciousContact

★★★★★improveourconsciouscontact.blogspot.com

ImproveOurConsciousContact Writings and discussions about Step Eleven from various religious viewpoints.

Category:Forums Blogs

IneXcess TV

www.inexcess.tv

IneXcess TV Based in the UK, this site is filled with video clips of those who have lived in excess, often-times through drug and alcohol abuse, and how they came to recovery.

Institute of Alcohol Studies

www.ias.org.uk

Institute of Alcohol Studies "The core aim of the Institute is to serve the public interest on public policy issues linked to alcohol, by advocating for the use of scientific evidence in policy-making to reduce alcohol-related harm. The Institute does not have a view on whether indi ...

Category:Alcohol

Integrity Way

100 East Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, FL, USA, 33483
www.integritywayflorida.com

Integrity Way has been serving Delray Beach, Florida for 4 years now.

Telephone888-469-8777
E-mail

InTheRooms mobile app

itunes.apple.com/us/app/in-the-rooms/id495174530

InTheRooms mobile app InTheRooms.com is the largest social network for the recovery community, with over 185,000 members (and growing every day). On InTheRooms you'll find the world's largest AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) groups in the world. - Get ...

Category:Software

iPromises

ipromises.org

iPromises iPromises is a free iPhone recovery app with trigger alerts, a visual journal, and a directory of phone numbers to find an AA meeting anywhere in the US, Canada, and some international offices. Add friends and share meetings, track your progress and chall ...

Category:Software

It's All in the Journey

www.itsallinthejourney.com

It's All in the Journey Print magazine about recovery. "The goal of It's All In The Journey is to show someone still suffering how we did it. To teach, inform, and entertain our brothers and sisters in recovery. To let family members and the general public know that treateme ...

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