12 Steps of Recovery

Programs modeled after AA’s 12 steps of recovery?

Here are a couple of programs you may not have heard of that use AA’s plan.

step into your place WW II posterCA – Cocaine Anonymous
DA – Debtors Anonymous
OA – Overeaters Anonymous
SA – Sexaholics Anonymous
WA – Workaholics Anonymous

Please see Wikipedia for a more complete list of programs using the 12 steps of recovery philosophy.



The 12 steps of recovery.

Step one:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step two:

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step three:

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Step four:

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step five:

Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step six:

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step seven:

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step eight:

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step nine:

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step ten:

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step eleven:

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 twelve:

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Using the 12 Steps of Recovery


I didn’t use AA to quit alcohol so I have not, formally, been through the 12 steps of recovery. To do no harm to their tradition I have copied these exactly for their page on 12 steps. Click

AA tends to provoke responses in people. They either have strong supporters or strong opponents.

To avoid being seen as an AA basher let me say that I did not like AA, but I know good people who say AA saved their lives. Some of those people are in my family. I am grateful they are alive and I am grateful to AA for helping/saving them.

One thing you should know about AA. No two groups are exactly alike. There are good groups and not-so-good groups. This is true of all recovery organizations. To help yourself, you should keep looking for the group that is right for you.

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