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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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 ...

Category:Publications

ITWorkz

★★★★★www.itworkz.org

ITWorkz List of links to recovery resources compiled by "an all around addict in recovery trying to give back what was so freely given to me. My goal is only to bring you links to tools that might help you as we 'Trudge this Road to Happy Destiny'. May God Bless ...

Category:Personal Sites

JACS

www.jacsweb.org

JACS Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others. "MISSION STATEMENT JACS is dedicated to: * Encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families, friends and associates to explore re ...

Category:Jewish

Joe McC. and Charlie P. Audio Recordings

domania.us/gts-today/AA-Joe-Charlie-Mp3-Links.html

Joe McC. and Charlie P. Audio Recordings This is an extensive set of freely downloadable MP3 recordings of Joe McC and Charlie P.'s talks about the Big Book and the details of working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. These were recorded in 1998 and are broken down into 32 minutes or less pe ...

JournalMeNow for 10th Step

★★★★★www.journalmenow.com

JournalMeNow for 10th Step Commercial site that takes a Christian approach to working the 10th step through online journaling. The following is a quote from their website. Hi, my name is Kathy, My identity is in Jesus Christ And I have a whole list of bad Habits, and Character ...

Category:Christian

Just Love Audio

www.justloveaudio.com/index.php

Just Love Audio Extensive list of free resources and store as well as information about life coaching, recording and duplicating services for CDs and audio as well as an opportunity to sign up for inspirational emails.

JustLoveAudio - 12 Step Resources

★★★★★www.justloveaudio.com/resources.php

JustLoveAudio - 12 Step Resources Free downloadable PDF files for working the steps in various aspects, articles from the Grapevine, etc.

Category:Tools

Kool Living Recovery Center

www.koolrecovery.com

Kool Living Recovery Center "Kool Living Recovery is a highly specialized treatment center that provides tried and tested treatments to help clients eliminate their addiction once and for all while significantly minimizing the likelihood of relapse. Headed by Nicholas Russi, LA ...

Ladywolf's Mountain Serentiy

groups.msn.com/LadywolfsMountainSerenity/

Ladywolf's Mountain Serentiy This is a MSN group with numerous resources for recovery, including worksheets, forums and inspirational messages. As could be assumed from the title, there is much material from the Native American perspective.

Last Chance Recovery Center

5130 Milwee, Houston, TX, USA, 77092
www.lastchancerc.org

Last Chance Recovery Center "Last Chance Recovery Center provides drug and alcohol free rehabilitation services in the Houston Texas area. We have facilities to provide rehab in a sober living environment. The Last Chance Recovery Center includes a halfway house, a three quarter ...

Telephone713-880-9251
E-mail

Laurel Hill Inn

www.laurelhillinn.com

Laurel Hill Inn Laurel Hill Inn is a residential program for the treatment of eating disorders, located in the greater Boston area. The setting has the welcoming feeling of an old New England Inn and is tailored to deliver a personalized treatment program to a small grou ...

Liars Anonymous

www.dailystrength.org/groups/liars-anonymous

Liars Anonymous A group that is part of the Daily Strength website, for compulsive liars. As of February 2010, only online interaction (not face-to-face meetings) is available.

Category:12 Step Groups