1st Things First

  1. Learn what the 12 Steps are and work them one step at a time.
  2. Read and Download

  3. Get a sponsor or recovery buddy. You can ask for a temporary online sponsor until you find a real face to face sponsor. Post your request for a sponsor in the CIR Message Boards. Be persistent!! It takes time to find a good sponsor. Learn more about Sponsorship.

  4. Attend as many CIR meetings as you are able. Each meeting has its own personality so do not be discouraged if you don’t “click” at the first one.
    Meeting Schedule

  5. See the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about your problem.

  6. Find a local meeting and attend EVERY meeting. You can locate meetings in your area with this Database. If you do not find a meeting in the database, contact some of the ministries and organizations listed and they can help you to find a meeting.

    If there are no local meetings in your area, consider starting your own meeting. How to Start a Group

  7. Start a JournalClick to learn more

  8. Get a recovery medallion inspirational card, key chain or stone to carry with you at all times. You will be amazed how these help in times of need. http://christians-in-recovery.org/store

  9. Get a recovery Bible These specially annotated for people in Recovery. READ IT. We recommend the following:


    Life Recovery Bible



    Life Recovery Bible Workbook



    Serenity: A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery

    (New King James Version- New Testament Psalms & Proverbs),
    by Dr. Robert Hemfelt and Dr. Richard Fowler,


    Recovery Devotional Bible

  10. Read all you can about your condition or dysfunctional behavior at RecoveryBooks.com

  11. Spend time in prayer communing with God.Ask Him to guide you. Ask for a willing and open heart that You will hear and follow His will for your life. Helpful Prayers

  12. Ask others to pray for you. Request prayer in the CIR Message Boards

  13. Learn from others and share your burdens on the CIR Message Boards

  14. Recovery Help for Pastors & Ministers

  15. Get some Self-Help Software

  16. Read the testimonies of other Christians who have recovered

  17. Get and read every day a daily recovery devotional.
    We suggest these:

    You can see additional suggestions here:
    RecoveryBooks.com