A standard phrase of 12 step groups is "It works if you work it". This brings up the question "How do you work it ? ". Part of the answer to working the steps usually involves writing things down, dealing with thoughts and reflections about beliefs, past behavior and past events. The tools presented in this section are designed to make it easier to complete those parts of the steps that involve individual reflection, thinking and cataloging of past behaviors and events.
These self-reflection tools will not replace the need for accountability, fellowship and encouragement that is only found in a group or community setting. Also, these tools will not do the work for you. They are only tools that make the steps a bit more structured and organized and, thus, hopefully easier and perhaps quicker to work through. We appreciate any feedback concerning these tools - how to make them more relevant, easier to use or more widely distributed.
Worksheets are a great way to work through some of the steps. We have links to worksheets from various sources.
The Journal for Recovery is free personal journal software for the Windows or Mac desktops. You can keep a personal journal and also use the built in questions for working the 12 step program. The Windows 2.0 version is fully ready for use and the Mac OS X version is still in the alpha stage of development, but can be downloaded for those who are good at fine tuning applications for Mac OS X.
LifeJournal is a robust commercial software package for desktop journaling under the Windows platform. We have put together a list of prompts for LifeJournal that reflect the questions in the 12Step.org worksheets.