About Us

The 12Step.org web site was started in the late 1990s and has been online in various forms since then. We strive to provide information, tools and resources that make working a 12 Step program (or any program using 12 step principles for recovery) as simple and straightforward as possible.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvement or comments about this site.

We are not affiliated with any official twelve step group or organization, general services offices, board of directors, or any other organization. Our opinions are strictly our own. Some sites that we link to or sites in the Google ads represent commercial enterprises. If you visit them, please be careful to use your own discretion and good judgment. This 12step.org site is solely for informational purposes, and we assume no liability for any claims or information contained in any of the sites that are linked from or to this site.

Thank you for visiting 12Step.org.

News about 12Step.org

July 10, 2012 - Another site redesign
We have upgraded the theme for easier navigation both on the desktop and with mobile browsers, added videos and audio tracks for more information about the steps, and added the forums for sharing your experiences with the steps.

Sep. 16, 2009 - Updated Recovery Journal Alpha for Mac Released
The alpha (preliminary) version for the Recovery Journal (for the Apple Mac platform) was updated to allow people with older PPC based Macs to be able to run it (i.e., a universal binary). An appropriate icon was also added.

Sep. 14, 2009 - Added FAQ and Newcomers Guide
We added an FAQ on the left side of the home page and a Newcomer's Guide for those new to a 12 step program. Please send us comments if you would like other questions added or have other points that you believe should be added to the Newcomer's Guide.

Sep. 10, 2009 - Recovery Journal Alpha for Mac Released
An alpha (preliminary) version for the Recovery Journal has been released for the Apple Mac platform. This will provide a code base for future versions of Recovery Journal.

Feb. 10, 2009 - Site Makeover
Our website gets a make-over with an updated version of the software and modules that run the site (Joomla - thanks to the open source community that makes this great platform) with improved security and functionality. Also, the look and feel was changed to allow for easier expansion and the online meeting calendars were switched from Google to an event list format that will hopefully make it easier find a meeting of interest quickly.

April 18, 2008 - Cyber Meetings
We have added Cyber-Meeting calendars. These are Google calendars with Cyber-meetings for recovery from around the web.

April 8, 2008 - Meeting Documents
We have added links to meeting documents for those who are interested in how recovery (usually 12 step) meetings are conducted.

January 4, 2008 - More Step Worksheets
We have added worksheets from other sources and links to workbooks to help you in working the 12 step program.

October 12, 2007 - 12 Step Versions
We have added a list of the versions of the 12 steps as different programs have used them. It is a testament to the popularity and power of using the 12 step program for recovery for all types of problems.

August 27, 2007 - Site Redesign
The 12Step.org site has been redesigned. Initially you may notice the more aesthetic look and feel. Hopefully it will provide a more pleasant browsing experience for you. A deeper reason for the switch, however, was so that we can offer more features in the site. You may notice that the links in the Web Sites area are now more complete and allow you to suggest your own and make comments and ratings on existing links. Also, the community features will allow you to upload questionnaires or other materials for others working a recovery program. We plan to also add more features as time goes on, and this gives us the platform to make it easier.


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Terms of Material Use

The materials on this site are free to use appropriately for the sake of growing in recovery away from addictive behaviors.

The Big Book posted here is version 2 and is in the public domain. The newest version of the Big Book (which differs primarily by some additional testimonials) is available from the Alcoholics Anonymous site.

The other materials in the Tools section (the LifeJournal imports, the Recovery Journal application, e-Sword Commentaries and the 12Step.org worksheets were all developed by the site administrator and are free to use as needed for recovery as long as they are not charged for. The commentaries on the Bible concerning the 12 Steps were also created by the site admin and are free to use as seen fit for recovery. The content is essentially the same as in the e-Sword commentaries. Commentaries about the individual steps are primarily from other sources that are cited and so should be used with appropriate discretion concerning copyright laws.