Addiction recovery networks and support groups
Addiction recovery is never something you can do by yourself. Having supportive people around you who know the journey is essential, especially during the difficult times is critical. Whether you are an addict, a friend or family member supporting a person in recovery, you are not alone and can find help in a support group.
For personal counselling please look on our Partners Page.
12 Steps of Recovery
The 12 Steps of Recovery were originally developed by Bill Wilson in 1938 and used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then millions of recovery addicts have found freedom through following the steps as applied to their own specific addiction.
If you have recognised that you have an addiction. Look through the list of support groups that you could join and find a sponsor (a person further down the road in recovery) that can journey with you through the steps.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a Power greater than ourselves, 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 areas of our lives.