12 Step Recovery - Introduction
To 12 Step Recovery Programs
The 12 Steps
- We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had
Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater
than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and
our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral
inventory of ourselves.
Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to
another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God
remove all these defects of character.
Step 7 - Humbly asked Him to remove our
Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had
harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people
wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory
and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation
to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying
only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12 - 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.
This version of the 12 steps is an adaptation from the
Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and is intended for general use with any
addictive or dysfunctional behavior.
About the 12 Step Program
Twelve Step programs are well known for use in recovery from addictive or dysfunctional behaviors.
The first 12 step program began with
(A.A.) in the 1930s.
The 12 Step approach has since grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing with not only alcoholism, but also drug abuse and various other addictive or 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, numerous books and other media were created to cover the steps in more detail and for different addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. 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 in generic form.
Other groups who have adopted the 12 steps to address their own particular addictive or dysfunctional behavior have
similar ideas with some variations. These steps are meant to be worked sequentially as a process of getting rid of addictive behaviors and growing in freedom and happiness, as laid out in the
Twelve Promises. The general governing approach for A.A. groups was originally laid out in the
Twelve Traditions, which remain the guiding principles still in use today. There is a wealth of further information about 12 Step programs in the Wikipedia
, including a list of 12 step groups
fellowship of men and women who share thier experience, strength and
hope with each other that they may solve thier common problem and help
others to recover from alcoholism.
only requirement for
membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for
A.A. membership, we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
is not allied with any
sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not
wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any
- Our primary purpose is to stay
sober and help other alcoholics to achive sobriety.
is a nonprofit fellowship
or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each
other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all
drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop
using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our
program is a set of principals written simply that we can follow them
in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they
are no strings attached to NA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations. We have no
initiation fees or dues,no pledges to sign, no promises to make to
anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious, or law
enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone
may join us, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion,
or lack of religion.
are not interested in what or how much you used or who your contacts were, what
you've done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what
you want to do about your problem, and how we can help. The newcomer is
the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what
we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience
that those who keep coming to meeting regularly stay clean.
Al-Anon and Alateen members are people just like you and me – people who have been affected by someone else's drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. No matter what our specific experience has been we share a common bond: we feel our lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.
For over 55 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people... alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.
What is Nar-Anon?
Nar-Anon members are relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts.
What is a Nar-Anon Family Group?
The Nar-Anon Family Group is for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Nar-Anon members share their experiences, strength, and hope at weekly meetings. The meetings are usually held at locations such as treatment centers, hospitals, churches, community centers, or local twelve-step clubs.
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