12 Steps, Worksheets/Checklists

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Your Own Online Journal

If you want something with more features we suggest Journaling Software For those of you who are low tech, you may get a blank paper journal from your local office supply store.

Journaling Tips

Journaling is a wonderful tool to help you:

  • Organize your thoughts and gain clarity
  • Think through problems and issues in your life
  • Track your progress in recovery (where you have come from, where you are, where you want to be)
  • Work through the 12 Steps in an orderly fashion
  • Build a closer relationship with God
  • Keep track of special scriptures so you can quickly find them again
  • Cleanse yourself of pent up emotions

Beyond the 12 Steps

note: there is a worksheet at the bottom of this article

I have spent a lot of years struggling with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. At one point the drug addiction had completely taken me over. I began trying desperately to stay clean but every time I got a little taste of sanity the world would come crashing in and I would crumble under the weight of it all. Before I knew it I was escaping the pain or responsibility of life by using drugs. I had been through the court system, rehabs, 12 step programs, counseling (behavioral and substance abuse), and many psychiatric visits for medications. Nothing seemed to stick very long. Most of the people trying to help me eventually threw their hands up in defeat and passed me off as a hopeless case. I got to a point I started to agree with them. Nothing seemed to work for me. I was living in constant commendation from the world and in my own mind. Every mistake seemed magnified. I would beat myself up in my head over and over until my only relief was escape.

Through divine intervention I was given a book named "Freedom From Addiction." It captivated my attention because it was such an honest account of the thoughts bombarding an alcoholics mind. Not only an alcoholic but a Christian. Now I have to say that believing Jesus Christ died for my sins did not automatically make me Christ like. I was continually going against God. The shame I felt about knowing what was right but not being able to live it was more shame than I could bear. But then this book was placed in my path. As I read it something started to stir deep within me. There was a message of hope written on those pages that spoke to my innermost heart. The message was not about what I have done as a sinner (that already plagued my mind enough) but a message of who God says I am as his child. I started hearing a message telling me he doesn’t see what the world sees when he looks at me.

When I looked at myself and compared myself to the world’s expectations of me I saw all of the bad things I’ve done and how I just didn’t measure up. I owned my bad behavior as my identity but that’s not the truth. God says I am precious,

Joe &Charlie Workshop - Handout - Work Sheets - Page 6

Daily Inventory

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day.
Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid?

Personality Characteristics of Self Will  -  Personality Characteristics of God's Will

Understanding the First Step

Worksheet to help you with understanding Step One.

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