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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Faithful & True Ministries

faithfulandtrueministries.com

Faithful & True Ministries "We are a Christian recovery ministry for individuals and couples who struggle because of sexual addiction. Combining our own experiences in recovery, and study with some of the finest minds in the secular and Christian communities, we have developed a pr ...

Category:Christian

Five Elements of Recovery

★★★★½www.elementsofnurture.com/Click-Here-for-Meditation-Video-Se

Five Elements of Recovery Free meditation video series on the Five Elements of Recovery.

Category:Tools
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Food Addicts in Recovery

★★★★★www.foodaddicts.org

Food Addicts in Recovery Official site for the World Service Office for Food Addicts in Recovery. "FA has proven to be an effective, long-term solution to food addiction for many food addicts, whether they be undereaters, bulimics, overeaters, or otherwise food-obsessed. ...

Category:Food

Food Addicts Meeting List

★★★★foodaddicts.org/meetings.php

Food Addicts Meeting List Official meeting list for Food Addicts in Recovery meeting list

Free In Christ

freeinchrist.truepath.com

Free In Christ Mission: To give encouragement and support to men who are addicted to pornography and other sexual problems; to bring them to the awareness that they cannot be free in their own power, but only through faith in Jesus Christ; to provide a safe environment ...

Category:Christian

Gamblers Anonymous

★★★★★www.gamblersanonymous.org

Gamblers Anonymous Official site for the Gamblers Anonymous International Service Office

Category:Money

Get Up - A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freak...

★★★★★www.libertary.com/book/get-up

Get Up - A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks & Weirdos 12-step recovery for everyone, even nonbelievers—an honest and engaging guide, based on an atheist’s own journey A powerful and entertaining guide for anyone who wants to understand recovery. As an atheist with a background in fundamentalism, Bu ...

Gifts Anonymous

www.giftsanonymous.com

Gifts Anonymous This website is a fulfillment of the dream of two alcoholics who have received the ultimate gift. With the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, we were able to Take Our Lives Back. Alcoholics Anonymous has played a vital and irreplaceable role in our sobriety an ...

God is at the meeting

www.godisatthemeeting.blogspot.com

Blog of Maurice C. with good advice for the recovering alcoholic.

Category:Forums Blogs

Grateful Alcoholic

www.gratefulalcoholic.com

Grateful Alcoholic Basic resources for A.A. meetings and recovering alcoholics, including the Lord's prayer, preamble for meetings, 12 traditions, how it works and so forth.

Category:Alcohol

Hazelden Bookstore

★★★★www.hazelden.org/OA_HTML/hazCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?sitex=10020:22

Hazelden Bookstore Hazleden was one of the early pioneers of recovery programs. They have a comprehensive book store covering recovery materials. They also have a residential facility as well as many other types of resources.

Healing for the Soul

healingforthesoul.org

Healing for the Soul "You’ve landed. You’ve arrived at a site dedicated to Sexual Addiction Recovery and help for Unwanted Same Sex Attraction. You’ve probably got a sick feeling in your stomach. Or you may be scared, lonely, and ashamed, feeling sure no one can help. Mayb ...

Category:Sex Addiction

Healing Songs

www.healingsongs.net

Healing Songs Website related to a CD for songs "to all those out there who are dealing with problems in life that stem from being raised in a dysfunctional situation".

Category:Music

Heart t' Heart

www.heart-t-heart.org

Heart t' Heart An LDS (Latter-Day-Saints) 12 Step Addiction Recovery Group

Category:12 Step

Heart to Heart Counseling Center

★★★★www.sexaddict.com

Heart to Heart Counseling Center Doug Weiss is a well known Christian counselor for sex addiction. He will do counseling over the phone and also has books, DVDs, audio downloads and other resources.

HelpGuide.com

★★★★★www.helpguide.org

HelpGuide.com A non-profit guide to many resources for healthy living, including those to fight addictions as well as for other challenges in life. These include resources for mental health, aging, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep, autism, ADD, bipolar diso ...

HerStory - Women Whose Lives Have Been Affected

www.herstorylives.com

HerStory - Women Whose Lives Have Been Affected Many anonymous stories of women whose lives have been affected negatively by pornography.

Category:Level 1

Higher Calling

★★★★www.higher-calling.com

Higher Calling Christian site with forums, Bible studies, podcast and other resources to deal with pornography addictions.

Category:Level 1

HIV/AIDS Tribe

www.hivaidstribe.com

HIV/AIDS Tribe One of several "Tribe" social networking sites. This one focuses on those dealing with HIV/AIDS.