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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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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 ...

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

Life Recovery Biblical 12 Step Group

2004 NW 63rd Street, Ballard, Washington, USA, 98107

Come find that Deep Inner Fulfillment and Peace you've been looking for at the Life Recovery Biblical 12 Step Group. Meets at the Ballard Baptist Church in Ballard, Washington.

Life Ring

★★★★★www.unhooked.com

Life Ring From their FAQ: Is LifeRing Similar to AA or NA? Yes and No. Like AA/NA, we are abstinence-based. We are a group for people who have learned through experience that the only solution that works for us is to abstain completely. Unlike AA/NA, w ...

Category:Scientific

Life Works Community

The Grange, High Street, Old Woking, Surrey, UK, GU22 8LB
www.lifeworkscommunity.com

Life Works Community Life Works is committed to providing the highest quality treatment for those suffering from all addictions, eating disorders and mood disorders.

Telephone01483 757572
Fax01483 755966
E-mail

Love Addicts Anonymous

loveaddicts.org

Love Addicts Anonymous Love addiction comes in many forms. Some love addicts carry a torch for unavailable people. Some love addicts obsess when they fall in love. Some love addicts get addicted to the euphoric effects of romance. Others cannot let go of a toxic relationship ev ...

Category:Relationships

Mark Elliot's People Helping People

www.markelliot.com

Mark Elliot's People Helping People Mark Elliot is a recovering addict and counselor based in Canada. This site has links to some of his articles, podcasts, other articles concerning addiction and book reviews about different areas of addiction and recovery.

Telephone416-855-3147

Mark Houston Recovery Center

www.markhoustonrecovery.com

“The purpose of the Mark Houston Recovery Center is to provide a safe, secure environment free of alcohol and drugs for a minimum of 90 days for the adult male alcoholic/addict who wishes to recover and experience permanent sobriety. Our belief is that a ...

Mastering Life

www.masteringlife.org

Mastering Life "Mastering Life Ministries is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian ministry. It exists in order to target areas of life where people are caught and deceived into unhealthy, dysfunctional life-styles that separate them from the power and blessing o ...

Category:Christian

Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life

www.hazelden.org/web/public/mobile_more_field_guide.page

Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life "the Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life, the groundbreaking iPhone application designed to provide a full year of recovery support. Born from MORE, or My Ongoing Recovery Experience, a web-based program of personalized continuing care provided by Hazelden ...

Category:Software

More Revealed Website

www.morerevealed.com

More Revealed Website Website critical of the Step groups from various perspectives. Includes a library with More Revealed, A.A. Horror Stories, A.A. Cult or Cure?, Saints Run Mad and more.

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My Name is Bill W.

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My Name is Bill W. Starring: James Woods as Bill W., James Garner as Dr. Bob,  JoBeth Williams as Lois Wilson This was a Hallmark made for TV movie about Bill Wilson and Dr.Bob Smith. They founded the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship in the 1930s. The movie follows t ...