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Christian Relationship Help: Twelve Step Recovery

This Christian relationship help will show you how to apply the principles of Twelve Step recovery to your life and relationships.

The Twelve Steps were written by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous for alcoholics to get sober. The families of alcoholics recognized that they also needed support and adopted the Twelve Steps for their own use in Al-Anon. Since then, all kinds of groups have adapted the Twelve Steps for use in programs for other addictions, problems, and codependency. Christian groups, such as Celebrate Recovery, use the Twelve Steps with Scripture and call their Higher Power Jesus.

Attendance at Twelve Step meetings is encouraged. You get support from other people who understand what you are going through and ideas on how to apply the principles and Steps to your life. It is suggested that you also get a sponsor who commits to coming along beside you and helping you work the program. Here are some of the groups that use the Twelve Steps:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous for alcoholics
  • Al-Anon for families of alcoholics
  • Overeaters Anonymous
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Gam-Anon for families of gamblers
  • Sexual Addicts Anonymous for sexual addicts
  • Codependents of Sex Addicts for families/wives of sex addicts
  • Codependents Anonymous for people struggling with codependency
  • Narcotics Anonymous for drug addicts
  • Nar-Anon for families of drug addicts
  • Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous for people struggling with love addiction as the root of sexual acting out

The Twelve Steps are divinely inspired and based on the following scriptural principles:

  • Powerlessness
  • Hope
  • Surrender
  • Self-examination
  • Confession
  • Willingness to change
  • Humility
  • Accountability
  • Restitution
  • Sanctification
  • Fellowship with God
  • Restoration

Here are some additional resources to help you understand the scriptural principles behind the steps and apply them to your life.

Articles on Twelve Step Recovery

The Scriptural Basis of the Twelve Steps

Twelve Steps to Change My Relationships

Just for Today

Serenity Prayer

Summary of Each of the Twelve Steps

 Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families


Twelve Step Recovery Products

12-Steps-ebook-w-CDs-pic-smallWorking the Twelve Steps: A Pathway to Healing and Restoration Audio Study