RECOVERY

Over Doing It?
Recovery Programs
The 12 Steps

Over Doing It?

In today’s fast paced, double click, text-me world, we seldom have time to even consider how our time is spent, let alone ponder its impact on our lives.

Over Doing It is the unhealthy imbalance of our needs and priorities. These choices lead us to our conscious and unconscious imprisonment from our addictions. These addictions include the well known medications of alcohol, drugs, work, co-dependency, food, etc.

How many times have you thought, WOW, I am over doing it? I need to back off, get a grip, get healthy, prune out some of the people in my life, get off the merry-go-round that leads to where I don’t want to go, Stressville, USA. I am hurting myself and the others around me. I feel like I am unable to stop the merry-go-round and get off. I am powerless over the stress in my life. Help, I need a life.

Whatever merry-go-round you may be on, we will spend time identifying the causes and provide direction to heal your life. God is waiting, and so are we, to help you work this process over a period of time that will give you and your loved ones your life back.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
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Recovery

Help for Common Problems In today’s world

Many people struggle with addictions to Alcohol, Recreational Drugs, Prescription Drugs, Co- Dependency, Eating Disorders, Gambling etc., as well as traditional counseling issues. Early intervention is the goal so the path that may lead to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization and even death is replaced by a life that is happy, joyous and free. Dr Bob has over 20 years of success in the area of recovery counseling. He will be glad to talk to you about counseling and programs to help you.

Dr. Bob will work with you in a therapeutic relationship. During your therapy process there may be a need to look at a 12 Steps Program that could be fitting for you. We would discuss this together. The following programs are examples of some of the programs that are available in our community.

12 Steps Programs

These 12 steps programs were spawned by the original AA program. AA is a spiritually based recovery program began by it’s two co-founders, Bill W. (a stockbroker from New York) and Dr. Bob (a surgeon from Akron, Ohio), who, with other early members developed the Twelve Steps program of spiritual and character development. These groups support people who seek to stop their addictions of Alcohol, Eating Disorders, Co- Dependency, Prescription Drugs, Recreational Drugs, Gambling, etc. If you have one or more of these addictions, we recommend that you learn what these groups are about and how they may help you. Dr. Stadheim will be glad to talk to you about any program that would help you to focus in on your addiction or addictions.

The 12 Steps

12 Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA)

12 Steps of Alanon (people affected by a problem drinker)

Characteristics of Adults of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz, 1983

12 Steps of Adult children of an Alcoholic or Addict (ACA)

12 Steps of Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA)

12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

12 Steps of Pills Anonymous (PA)

12 Steps of Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

12 Steps of Debtors Anonymous (DA

12 Steps of Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

12 Steps for Christian Living

The 12 steps for each of these programs are listed below:

12 Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to all of  them.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted 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.
  12. Having had a Spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this
    message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps of Alanon (people affected by a problem drinker)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made a direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted 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.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz, 1983

  1. Adult children of alcoholics guess at what normal behavior is.
  2. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty following a project trough from beginning to end.
  3. Adult children of alcoholics lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth.
  4. Adult children of alcoholics judge themselves without mercy.
  5. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty having fun.
  6. Adult children of alcoholics take themselves very seriously.
  7. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty with intimate relationships.
  8. Adult children of alcoholics over react to changes over which they have not control.
  9. Adult children of alcoholics constantly seek approval and affirmation.
  10. Adult children of alcoholics usually feel that they are different from other people.
  11. Adult children of alcoholics are super responsible or super irresponsible.
  12. Adult children of alcoholics are extremely loyal, even in the face of evidence that the loyalty
    is undeserved.
  13. Adult children of alcoholics are impulsive. they tend to lock themselves into a course of
    action without giving serious consideration to alternative behaviors or possible
    consequences.  This impulsively leads to confusion, self-loathing and loss of control over
    their environment.  In additions, they spend an excessive amount of energy cleaning up the mess.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
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12 Steps of Adult children of an Alcoholic or Addict (ACA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over the effects of alcoholism or other family dysfunction,
    that our live had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to our selves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure
    them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and , when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we
    understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry it out.
  12. Having had a Spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message
    to others who still suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 steps of Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted 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.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps of Pills Anonymous (PA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over others, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and for the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other codependents and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become  unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood  Him.
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would
    injure them or others.
  10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. We 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.
  12. Having had a Spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps of Pills Anonymous (PA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction to pills and all other mind-altering substances —that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong promptly admitted 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.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps of Gamblers Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over gambling — that our lives had become
    unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to a normal way of  thinking and living.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of this Power of our own  understanding.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral and financial inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have these defects of character removed.
  7. Humbly asked God (of our understanding) to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, expect when to do we would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted 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.
  12. Having made an effort to practice these principles in all our affairs, we tried to carry this message to other
    compulsive gamblers.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps of Debtors Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over debt — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted 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.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive
    debtors, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps for Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

  1. We admitted we were powerless over addictive sexual behavior — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other sex addicts and to practice these principles in our lives.

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

12 Steps for Christian Living

  1. We admit our need for God’s gift of salvation, that we are powerless over certain areas of
    our lives and that our lives are at times sinful and unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe through the Holy Spirit that a power who came in the person of Jesus
    Christ and who is greater than ourselves can transform our weaknesses into strengths.
  3. We make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Christ as we understand Him —
    Hoping to understand Him more fully.
  4. We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves — both our strengths and
    our weaknesses.
  5. We admit to Christ, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our sins.
  6. We become entirely ready to have Christ heal all of these defects of character that prevent
    us from having a more Spiritual lifestyle.
  7. We humbly ask Christ to transform all of our shortcomings.
  8. We make a list of all persons we have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We make direct amends to such persons whenever possible, except when to do so would  injure them or
    others.
  10. We continue to take a personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admit it, and
    when we are right, thank God for His guidance.
  11. We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Christ as we understand Him, praying for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having experienced a new sense of Spirituality as a result of these steps and realizing that
    this is a gift of God’s Grace, we are willing to share the message of His love and forgiveness
    with others and to practice these principles for Spiritual living in all our affairs.

Adapted from 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Copyright Dr. Vernon J. Bittner

If you or your loved one struggles with Over Doing It, call Dr. Bob for a consultation now.
480-831-1212

 

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