When encountering an addiction recovery program — whether for pornography, alcohol, drugs, or eating disorders — you will encounter a variation of the 12-step program. In the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous was the first group to draft 12 steps to addiction recovery, and since then, other organizations and religious denominations have adopted similar steps.
Why do so many groups use the 12-step program? Because it works. The steps provide a map to your recovery through acceptance, selfless acts, and repentance. It breaks you out of isolation and forms connections through reliance on God and others for help and restitution.
What also makes the program effective is that it’s a life-long commitment. Once you have completed the steps yourself, you’re given the challenge to practice the principles again and again through aiding other people as they overcome their addictions.
We have published a series of articles based on the 12-step program, expanding on the principles of these programs. You can also visit Alcoholics Anonymous and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more information (the latter with minor variations on the former). Below are the current 12-step programs from Alcoholics Anonymous and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, demonstrating the differences.
No matter your religious beliefs or claimed denomination, you can find support and relief through utilizing these steps. We hope that you will join us in exploring the tried-and-tested 12 steps toward freedom from addictive oppression.
|Alcoholics Anonymous||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|1||We admitted we were powerless over [our addictions]—that our lives had become unmanageable.||Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.|
|2||Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.||Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.|
|3||Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.||Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.|
|4||Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.||Make a searching and fearless written moral inventory of yourself.|
|5||Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.||Admit to yourself, to your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, to proper priesthood authority, and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs.|
|6||Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.||Become entirely ready to have God remove all your character weaknesses.|
|7||Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.||Humbly ask Heavenly Father to remove your shortcomings.|
|8||Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.||Make a written list of all persons you have harmed and become willing to make restitution to them.|
|9||Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.||Wherever possible, make direct restitution to all persons you have harmed.|
|10||Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.||Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong promptly admit it.|
|11||Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.||Seek through prayer and meditation to know the Lord’s will and to have the power to carry it out.|
|12||Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to [others battling pornography addictions], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.||Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, share the message with others and practice these principles in all you do.|