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What is a 12 step program?  It is a self-help and/or support system of people who share the addictions, compulsion, or varied issue.  It is said that, "It is a simple program for complicated people."  The individuals get together and share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may recover and achieve some sort of serenity and peace.  Alcoholics Anonymous, founded more than 50 years ago, has created a proven 12 step system that works, if you work it!  Since then, there have been more than 300 + support groups created.  A 12 step recovery group is not considered a rehabilitation, but rather a recovery in recovering ones own life.  I will list all the programs I can for you.  You can VIEW THE LIST NOW, if you wish.  Please, if anyone has any that are not listed SUBMIT THE SUPPORT SYSTEM HERE.  The support systems are listed in alphabetical order. 

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What are the 12 Steps?  The 12 steps were originally created in the AA proven program and have been amended to fit the many varied issues and diseases.  Through these steps, the individual must take time to face with and deal with their issues, problems, addictions, compulsions, etc.  The first of the 12 steps is to admit there is a problem.  The concept is the same for all 12 step programs, the steps will vary in wording, focusing on the issue or disease at hand.  Most program are spiritual in nature, but not all.  Many have been amended to fit different needs.  When spiritual nature is encouraged, everyone is able to find a Higher Power and define it as they wish...trick is to use!  Some programs are Christian in nature, and you have a more focused spiritual nature used in them.  All recovering individuals are encouraged to self inventory, assume ownership, make amends, realize and work on their character defects, try to live better, and  deal with life on life's terms to avoid further temptations and insanities.  Read the Steps Here.

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What is a 12 step program like?  Most people attend meetings, usually at a church, school, or public meeting place.  The members begin with several readings and then discuss varied topics and share their personal stories.  The new comers are always the most important person there.  In listening to and learning how someone else was able to survive and get past their issues, we are able to gain strength...Take what we need and leave the rest.  Attendees are given phone numbers and encouraged to call whenever needed or desired, especially before "going back out there" into their own insanities, addictions and issues.  Encouragement is also given to get a Sponsor, or a mentor and friend who has been through the 12 steps already that can help guide you along the way through their experience, strength and hope.     

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What are the meetings like?  There are many varied types of meetings including Open Discussion, Topical Discussion, Big Book, Closed Meeting, Speaker Meetings and More.  You can read more about the different types of meetings HERE. Members or attendee's at a meeting support those in trouble, or needing aide and affirm those who are victorious!  There are meetings literally all over in the world...over 3,000 a day in the Chicago land area alone!  Each meeting gets together once a week, usually.  It is suggested to attend 90 meetings in 90 days.  The only requirement, however, is that you have a desire not to participate in the insanity you were caught up in (Example:  You must have a desire not to drink in AA, drug today in NA or CA, etc.) 

I Put My Hand in Yours

I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we
could never do alone.

No longer is there a sense of hopelessness;  no longer
must we each depend on our own unsteady willpower.

We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power
and strength greater than ours and,  as we join hands,  we
find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.

 Written by the cofounder of aa, used to be read at meetings often.

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"We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control.  All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 30~

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12 Step Programs 
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
Adult Survivors of Trama and Abuse
Adrenaline Addicts Anonymous - 12 Step group aiding people who use their own adrenaline as an addictive drug.
Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Victorious (Christian)
   Anorexics Anonymous    
Artists Recovering through the Twelve Steps
Befrienders International - Suicide prevention
Cancer Anonymous - Link Not Working
Chemical Dependent Anonymous
Christians in Recovery - Home Page. CIR is a group dedicated to mutual sharing of strength and hope as we live each day in recovery. We work to regain and maintain balance and order in our lives through active discussion of the 12 Steps, the Bible, and experiences in our own recovery. 
Clutters Anonymous 
Co-Anon Family Groups - Co-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives or close friends of someone who is chemically dependent.
Cocaine Anonymous
Co-Dependents Anonymous
COSA - Co-Dependents of Sexual Addiction - A recovery program for men and women whose lives have been affected by compulsive sexual behavior. 
CRA:  Crystal Meth  Anonymous
Depressed Anonymous
Deudores Anonimos - Spanish DA
Debtors Anonymous
Diabetics Anonymous - 12 Step group whose primary purpose is maintenance of diabetes and helping other diabetics achieve that goal. 
Dual Diagnosis 
Dual Recovery Anonymous
Eating Addictions Anonymous - A 12 Step recovery program for men and women recovering from all forms of eating and body image addiction.  
Emotions Anonymous
   Families Anonymous 
Food Addicts Anonymous - A fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction.  
 Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous 
Gamblers Anonymous
Gay and Lesbian Alcoholics   
GreySheeters Anonymous (compulsive overeating)
 HCV (Hepatitis C Victims) Anonymous  
Incest Survivors Anonymous
International Pharmacists Anonymous - A fellowship of pharmacists in recovery who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others recover from addictive disease.  IPA is not a substitute for other 12 Step groups, it is a supplement.  
Jews in Recovery from Alcholism and Drug Abuse
Life Ring Recovery
  Love Addicts Anonymous 
Manic Depressives Anonymous - A fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope, along with keen insights into living well, that they may solve their common problems and help others into recovery. 
  Marijuana Anonymous  
Messies Anonymous
Methadone AnonymousA 12 Step group that believes that methadone is a therapeutic tool of recovery that may or may not be discontinued in time, dependent on the needs of the individual.
Misogynon - Twelve Step Program for Violent Relationship
Narcotics Anonymous
National Center for PTSD- Official Site.
Nicotine Anonymous
Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous 
 Online Alanon Outreach 
Overcomers In Christ- Official Site.
Overeaters Anonymous
Pill Addicts Anonymous
Pills Anonymous
Positive Anonymous (HIV Positive)
Rape Survivors Anonymous
Recovered Alcoholic Clergy Association
Recoveries Anonymous - A 12 Step group for people who have searched for recovery in other programs but thus far have not found it. 
"Recovery Anonymous" - a journey to find who we were meant to be."
Recovering Couples Anonymous 
Recovery, Inc.
S-Anon International Family Groups - Sexual Compulive Anonymous
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Self-Injury Community at
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
Sexaholics Anonymous
Sexual Recovery Anonymous
Shopping Addicts Group at Yahoo
Spenders Anonymous
 Social Phobics Anonymous
Suicide Awareness
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
Trauma Anonymous (PTSD)
Workaholics Anonymous 
Youth for Environmental Sanity -The planet is in recovery, too.

Cancer Hope Network – 1.877.HOPE.NET
One-on-one support to cancer patients and their families undergoing cancer
treatments from trained volunteers who have survived cancer themselves.

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What ares 12-Step Programs? -  12-Step programs are referred to as "fellowships" because each program is comprised of ... Meetings (usually 60 - 90 minutes); Sponsorship; Twelve steps.

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