Step 12

Eight Keys To Confronting Adversity

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

12th Step Tips - "Each One, Reach One"

Reach Out To Individuals
We all know someone who needs help. Reach out to them just as Christ would. These tips will help you get started.

  • Ask God to lead you to those who are in need of help or direction in recovery. Pray that He will give you the right words of hope and encouragement for these people.
  • People in need of recovery need something tangible. Hand those in need of help a handout (CIR brochure, inspirational cards, Bible Guide Card, ruler, etc.)
  • Be a good listener. Let them do the talking and tell you their needs first. Then you will be better equipped to help them. Talking over a cup of coffee or while taking a walk is helpful.

How to Start a Recovery Group / Renew Your Charter

Start and/or continue to maintain a local Bible based Christian recovery group! You are encouraged to do so. There is a wealth of information and resources on both the CIR web site to assist you in forming and leading a recovery group.

About Starting a local Chartered CIR Group

Online Application for Initial Group Charter

Renew Your Group Charter Online

Are You Willing to Learn?

Proverbs 1:2-6 NRSV
For learning about wisdom and instruction,
for understanding words of insight,
for gaining instruction in wise dealing,
righteousness, justice, and equity;
to teach shrewdness to the simple,
knowledge and prudence to the young—
let the wise also hear and gain in learning,
and the discerning acquire skill,
to understand a proverb and a figure,
the words of the wise and their riddles.

12 Steps of Witnessing

The 12 Steps of the 12th Step

1. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit before you approach the other person. God does not ask you to witness on your own!

2. Ask God to open the eyes and ears of the other person and make them a willing listener with an open heart.

3. Share on their level.

4. Address their needs. They have needs. Find out what they are. Perhaps you are in recovery from the same difficulty. Tell them how you had problems, what happened when Christ became part of the equation and how things are now.

5. Show them Christ by example--the way you live in everyday life. Let them observe how you handle situations, people, etc. doing things the way Jesus would do them.

Step 12 Notes

These are quotes on Step 12 from various sources:

Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when other fail. Remember they are very ill.

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends - this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
-A.A. Big Book p.89

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