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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.


bySteelz, July 30, 2011
Bluidkiti's Website
This gal is a tireless worker in the recovery arena. She makes forums, blogs, and other informative information available in a variety of ways. She has certainly supported my work in the realms of A.A. History and Christian Recovery.
Dick B.
Cyber Recovery Fellowship
Time and time again, we have posted AA History on this fellowship site. The site is user friendly, immediately response, geared to our work with a plug in for AA with Dick B., and quickly picked up on the search engines when good material is posted. We look forward to continuing the relationship with this fine site.
God Bless, Dick B.
bySteelz, February 18, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Tested this site today; posted a blog from mauihistorian; found a ready response and effective result.
bySteelz, February 17, 2010
Dick B.'s Personal A.A. History Blog Site
Beginning with 2010, we are now posting ongoing articles about the Real "Power" Behind A.A. The URL is

And these items will provide excellent supplementation ofthe Dick B. Personal A.A. History Blog Site which contains lots of audios.
bySteelz, February 17, 2010
Sober Recovery Forums
For many years, this actual site referred visitors to our main website But, either through inexperience and lack of skill, I have not been able to participate in its forum. So I hope this will direct viewers of this excellent site to our new blog which contains ongoing articles and comments on A.A. history and its Original program and roots. See
bySteelz, February 17, 2010
Carrying articles by many authors including Dick B. on A.A.'s Eleventh Step concept. And see the new 2010 blog:
This is a rapidly growing, no cost, informal group of international participants who want to report the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the founding of A.A. and should be playing today. Ongoing information can be found on the new 2010 blog:
bySteelz, February 17, 2010
A.A. History
The management of this site is currently dormant. But the site contains a strong array of articles on AA History. The theme and articles, commencing 2010, are now being moved forward at the following new blog:
bySteelz, February 17, 2010
Dick B's History of A.A. and Bible Roots
The many books, articles, audios, links, archives, and resources on the History of AA and its Bible roots can be found on this site. In addition, commencing with 2010, Dick B. has a new blog to which articles will regularly be posted and which addresses the question: What is the real "Power" behind Alcoholics Anonymous. The One with all power is God. And the articles explain why: