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Old 11-14-2005, 08:32 PM
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Default A Simple Approach to the 12 Steps


Step 1: There's a power that will kill me.

Step 2: There's a Power that wants me to live.

Step 3: Which do I want? (If you want to die, stop here. If you want to live, go on.)

Step 4: Using examples from your own life, understand that selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear control your actions.

Step 5: Tell all your private embarrassing secrets to another person.

Step 6: Decide whether or not you want to live that way any more.

Step 7: If you want your life to change, ask a Power greater than yourself to change it for you. (If you could have changed it yourself, you would have long ago.)

Step 8: Figure out how to make right all the things you did wrong.

Step 9: Fix what you can without causing more trouble in the process.

Step 10: Understand that making mistakes is part of being human (When you make a mistake, fix it, immediately if you can.)

Step 11: Ask for help to treat yourself and others the way you want your Higher Power to treat you.

Step 12: Don't stop doing 1 through 11, and PASS IT ON!!!

1-3 Give up
4-6 Own up
7-10 Clean up
10-12 Grow up

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Old 11-15-2005, 05:24 PM
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Default Various Step Recovery Resources

Non 12-Step Recovery Resources

Most of these organization have no religious or spiritual element. None are 12-step groups. Some are controversial. The inclusion of an organization on this list is not an endorsement or recommendation.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
SOS is a grass-roots recovery group utilizing various abstinence-based
self-help approaches to sobriety. SOS is not a 12-step program. Founded in 1985 by James Christopher.

Contact Information:
5521 Grosvenor Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 821-8430
(310) 821-2610 (FAX)
E-mail: sosla@loop.com
Website: http://www.cfiwest.org/sos

Women for Sobriety (WFS)
WFS is a women's recovery support group based on its 13-statement New Life Program. WFS accepts the disease concept of alcoholism and has a spiritual component but is not a 12-step group. Founded in 1975 by Jean Kirkpatrick.

Contact Information:
PO Box 618
Quackertown, PA 18951
(215) 535-8026 or (800) 748-1975

Local contact: Cheryl (401) 823-8142 -after 7 pm
Meets at Providence Center 520 Hope St. Providence
Wednesday 7pm

Website: http://www.womenforsobriety.org/

RR (Rational Recovery)
Rational Recovery is a commercial anti-12 step recovery program which uses Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT)?. RR does not accept the disease concept of alcoholism. Founded in 1986 by Jack Trimpey.
PO Box 800
Lotus, CA 95651
(530) 621-4374 or (530) 621-2667
Website: www.rational.org/recovery/

Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART Recovery?)
SMART is a non-profit organization. It utilizes Rational Emotive Behavior
Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT) in a self-help
abstinence-based addiction recovery program. SMART does not accept the disease concept of alcoholism and is not a 12-step program. Founded in 1992 when it split off from Rational Recovery.

Contact Information:
24000 Mercantile Rd, suite 11
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 292-0220 fax: (216) 831-3776

Local contact: Jonathan von Breton, SMART Professional Advisor
(401) 568-4032 e-mail jvbretdogs@worldnet.att.net.

E-mail: SRMail1@aol.com
Website: www.smartrecovery.org
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Default Alternative 12-Step Recovery Resources

Buddhist Recovery (www.buddhistrecovery.com)
This website focuses on resources that can illuminate the Buddhist path to freedom from alcoholism and addiction. For each book listed they have posted two reviews, a list of chapter headings, selected excerpts and a direct link to amazon.com for easy ordering. The web site also has links to articles and web sites on the Buddhist approach to recovery.

The Tao of Sobriety (amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312242506)
David Gregson and Jay S. Efran

Written by two longtime therapists, this self- book is designed to work with or without 12-step rograms. After a brief explanation of Taoism (a Chinese philosophy and religion), the authors present the Tao, a Chinese term meaning "the way," as an ideal vehicle for attaining and maintaining freedom from substance addiction. Containing anecdotes, exercises (meditations, questions to explore, affirmations) and real-life applications of Taoist precepts, this guide shows how to apply eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

The Zen of Recovery (innerself.com/Meditation/What_Is_Zen_by_Mel_Ash.htm)
Mel Ash

Applying the principles of Zen to the Twelve Step philosophy of recovery, this book offers inspiration to achieve spiritual fulfillment and peace. Drawing from his lifetime of experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, Ash gives readers a solid grounding in the Twelve Steps and the Eightfold Path and shows their useful similarities for those in recovery.
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This information was very helpful! The rational website sounds like what my husband is going through, making a decision NOT to give into the addiction for any reason.
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Default Pagan/Wiccan Recovery

Pagan Steps In Recovery

Covers all the pagan beliefs; Native American, British traditional, Seax Wicca, Gardnerian Wicca, Welsh Celtic, solitary eclectic etc. The 13 steps of PSR are as follows:
1) Realization
We realized that our spiritual, physical and mental disorders have totally defeated us, and that it is time to reclaim our lives.
2) Acknowledgement
We acknowledged that our combined disorders have been sustaining our illusions of control, and that through meditation, honest introspection and help from others we can overcome this barrier and rediscover our Inner Divine Power.
3) Recognition
We recognized that our disorders have severed the bond between our Inner and Outer Divine Powers, as we define them, impairing our ability to function, heal and live in peace and serenity.
4) Reunion
We abandoned our will to the reunion of our Divine Powers.
5) Surrender
We surrendered completely our body, mind and spirit to our Divine Union, seeking a new directing force for our lives.
6) Examination
We examined our character thoroughly and made a list of our attributes, both positive and negative.
7) Responsibility
We shared our examination with another person, accepting full responsibility for our actions, blaming none.
8) Invitation
With humility and respect we invited our Divine Union to remove our destructive traits.
9) Accountability
We made a list of all persons we have harmed, and accepted the need to make amends to them all.
10) Amends
We made direct amends to these persons when possible, unless this would cause harm or make a difficult situation worse.
11) Maintenance
We maintained our spiritual balance through daily character examination, and continued to make amends for our wrongs whenever necessary.
12) Connection
We reinforced the bond between our Inner and Outer Divine Powers through meditation, magick and ritual, and allowed this renewed connection to guide us in our daily living.
13) Continuation
As the direct result of our spiritual rebirth, we practiced these concepts on a daily basis. We continue the circle of healing by helping others in recovery, regardless of their spiritual beliefs. We keep it only by giving it away.

Most pagan and Wiccan groups still encourage going to AA or NA regardless of the Christian aspect because the higher power is still relevant and it is a misunderstanding to many non-christians that the higher power has to be a Christian God. Their are lots of people from many religions, not just Christian that go to AA or NA. To use Wiccan or other pagan beliefs as an excuse to not go to get help ANYWHERE they can is just another cop out just like the millions of other excuses addicts can come up with. The higher power is something that is not just Christian. It would only be someone who doesnt believe in any higher power at all that would have troubles with the first step. Both AA and NA have encountered people with no beliefs in a higher power and if they are experienced enough group they will know better than to force that belief and will instead find a way to work around it. For example: the higher power can be instead the person that was left behind by the results of the addiction. There is always a higher power than an addict and if they dont believe that there is something higher than themselves then they are not ready to recover.

There are also many AA and NA groups that recognize this problem and incorporate meetings for pagans.
Saturday evenings they do a pagan recovery group. But what is stressed is that Wiccans still encourage the AA and NA 12 step program regardless and in a Wiccan circle they can obtain their own sponsors who have the same belief system that can interlink with AA or NA. It is not that hard to find Wiccans and other Pagans at a good AA or NA group.

However, some Wiccans and or Pagans are solitary. If this is the case, according to Wiccan beliefs, this is a situation where they should be seeking out the council of an equal or higher in the Wiccan tradition or outside of it. If they chose to remain solitary with an addiction they are not being true to their Wiccan beliefs. In order to practice Wiccan sincerely they need to not be under the influence of a drug of any kind if they are true to their beliefs.

Here is another site that someone can contact regarding advice: http://www.pagansanctumrecovery.org/
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The Four Noble Truths
  1. The truth of suffering. We experienced the truth of our addictions – our lives were unmanageable suffering.
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering. We admit that we craved for and grasped onto addictions as our refuge.
  3. The truth of the end of suffering. We came to see that complete cessation of craving and clinging at addictions is necessary.
  4. The truth of the 8 fold path. We made a decision to follow the way of liberation and to take refuge in our wakefulness, our truth, and our fellowship.
The Eight Fold Path

a) Right view. We made a searching and fearless review of our life. We are willing to acknowledge and proclaim our truth to ourselves, another human being and the community.
b) Right thought. We are mindful that we create the causes for suffering and liberation. Our goodness is indestructible.
c) Right speech. We purify, confess and ask for forgiveness straightforwardly and without judgment. We are willing to forgive others.
d) Right action. We make a list of all persons we harm and are willing and able to actively make amends to them all, unless to do so would be harmful.
e) Right livelihood. We simplify our lives, realizing we are all interconnected. We select a vocation that supports our recovery.
f) Right effort. We realize that continuing to follow this path, no matter what, is joyful effort.
g) Right mindfulness. Through prayer, meditation and action we will follow the path of kindness, being mindful moment by moment.
h) Right concentration. Open to the spirit of awakening as a result of these steps, we will carry this message to all people suffering with addictions.

The Twelve Steps of Liberation
1. We admitted our addictive craving over alcohol, and recognized its consequences in our lives.
2. Came to believe that a power other than self could restore us to wholeness.
3. Made a decision to go for refuge to this other power as we understood it.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to ourselves and another human being the exact moral nature of our past.
6. Became entirely ready to work at transforming ourselves.
7. With the assistance of others and our own firm resolve, we transformed unskillful aspects of ourselves and cultivated positive ones.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed.
9. Made direct amends to such people where possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. In addition, made a conscientious effort to forgive all those who harmed us.
10. Continue to maintain awareness of our actions and motives, and when we acted unskillfully promptly admitted it.
11. Engaged through the practice of meditation to improve our conscious contact with our true selves, and seeking that beyond self. Also used prayer as a means to cultivate positive attitudes and states of mind.
12. Having gained spiritual insight as a result of these steps, we practice these principles in all areas of our lives, and make this message available to others in need of recovery.

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***When you discover a prospect for Alcoholics Anonymous, find out all you can about him. If he does not want to stop drinking, don't waste time trying to persuade him. You may spoil a later opportunity. This advice is given for his family also. They should be patient, realizing they are dealing with a sick person.***

That's such a key statement right there, but often people disregard it. The sad fact is that people who haven't hit bottom yet and don't want the help are going to reject it. You only alienate them and make things worse if you keep insisting they need your help or that they even have an addiction problem when they're in denial that they do.
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Default Non-Religious/ Non-Spiritual 12-Steps

Non-Religious Non-Spiritual 12-Steps

1) We admit to ourselves and another person that by our our beliefs, and our ways of behaving and thinking, we have damaged our own bodies, minds, emotions and spirits. We thus begin to cultivate an increasing attitude of hope.

2) Striving to balance self-reliance with mutual support, we make a decision to take full responsibility for our recovery.

3) Discovering that thinking can follow behaviour, we write how we intend to change our daily actions to more healthy directions.

4) We make a decision to avoid whichever substances and situations have held us back in our personal growth and health.

5) We first write, and then share with another person, a searching, thorough and honest inventory of our character, describing our assets, but also facing our defects and shortcomings.

6) Though we might stumble, each day we renew our dedication to correct thinking and the best principles revealed by our higher thinking.

7) We make a list of all persons we have harmed, promptly and humbly making amends.

8) We make a daily commitment to abstain from harmful substances, and try to base our thinking on the principle of 'yes' rather than 'no'.

9) So we do not self-deceive, we commit ourselves to admit when we are wrong, to correct our errors and move on without wallowing in guilt, self-hatred or self-pity.

10) We try to take what we are learning to suffering addicts wherever they might be.

11) In an attitude of gratitude we honour those who cared for us and those who will come after us, by maintaining recovery and doing service work.

12) Accepting that healing and growth proceed in Nature's time, we regularly affirm that the past is gone and the future is grown from the seeds we sow today.
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