12 Steps: The Road to Recovery – “I’m hooked, and this thing is stronger than I am. I know I need a ‘Higher Power’ and I know that ‘Higher Power’ is God. How can God help me break the stranglehold of this addiction?”
Option 1: Beginner: Bible Stories with Guided Questionnaires
- Going Beyond Denial – A Pharisee and a tax collector (Luke 18:9-14)
- Naming the Higher Power – Elijah and the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:16-40)
- Coming to God – A possessed man set free (Luke 8:26-39)
- Confession – Josiah’s reform (2 Kings 23:1-25)
- Making Amends – Zacchaeus makes things right (Luke 19:1-10)
- An Addiction-Free Lifestyle – Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14:5-31)
Option 2: Advanced: Bible Teachings with Margin Questions
- Going Beyond Denial – Admitting we are powerless (Romans 7:7-25)
- Naming the Higher Power – Confess and believe (Romans 9:30-10:21)
- Coming to God – Submit to God (James 4:1-12)
- Confession – Confess your sins to each other (James 5:7-20)
- Making amends – Produce fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:1-17)
- An Addiction-Free Lifestyle – Be careful that you don’t fall (I Corinthians 10:1-13)
Principle One: Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable (Step One). “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” (Matthew 5:3)
Principle Two: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him and that he has the power to help me recover (Step Two). “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Principle Three: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control (Step Three). “Blessed are the meek.” (Matthew 5:5)
Principle Four: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust (Steps Four and Five). “Blessed are the pure in heart.” (Matthew 5:8)
Principle Five: Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects (Steps Six and Seven). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” (Matthew 5:6)
Principle Six: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others (Steps Eight and Nine). “Blessed are the merciful.” (Matthew 5:7). “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)
Principle Seven: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will (Steps Ten and Eleven).
Principle Eight: Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words (Step Twelve). “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness.” (Matthew 5:10)
Principle 1 – I admit and accept that I have become powerless over alcohol, the substance or someone I have abused and that my life is unmanageable.
Principle 2 – I begin to believe that through Jesus Christ I can be restored to a right relationship with God the Father, and subsequent sanity and stability in my life.
Principle 3 – I make a decision to turn my life, my will, and from the things of the past, and to invite Jesus to be Lord, Savior, and manager of my life.
Principle 4 – With the help of the Holy Spirit, I humbly, boldly, and courageously ask him to search me and reveal to me the true condition of my heart. To show me my anxieties and fears, and point out to me my sin against God and others in my life. Only with His help can I know for sure, and in all truth, the exact nature of my sin.
Principle 5 – After recognizing the exact nature, cause, and responsibility for my sin, I’m now ready for the next step toward freedom in Christ. I now recognize the need for accountability in order to help me maintain a truthful and open walk with Jesus and man. Therefore, I’m willing to confess my sins to God and another person, and in doing I solidify the truth of my sin for the first time.
Principle 6 – I become entirely ready and willing to have God begin the process of removing all of the habitual sins in my life. I realize that this process will be sometimes painful and trying, but with His help and His will working in me to conform to His image, I know with full confidence He will complete this work fully.
Principle 7 – I humbly ask Jesus to help me recognize and repent from these flaws in my character and to become more sensitive to these areas of sins in my life that I have been held captive to (John 8:34). I also ask him to help me to learn a life of obedience rather than a feeling for desire-oriented life and receive his forgiveness for leading such a life.
Principle 8 – I make a list of all persons I have harmed and become willing and ready to make amends with them when God gives me the opportunity to do so.
Principle 9 – I make direct amends to such people, whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Principle 10 – I continue to take personal inventories and when I am wrong, I promptly admit it.
Principle 11 – I sought through prayer and meditation on God’s Word to increase my fellowship with Him, praying continually for the knowledge of His will for me and the power of His might to accomplish it.
Principle 12 – Having been actively living out these principles and seeing the fruit of reconciliation and restoration in my life, I now desire to fulfill the command of Christ, to share him with those who are still caught in a lifestyle which subjects them to the bondage of sin and fear and to practice the Lord’s principles in all areas of my life.