Recovery Principles That Do Work!Recovery principles found right in the Bible!

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The 12-step program is an excellent tool to refer to for Christian recovery-type programs! I did feel that there was a spiritual element in the 12-step program, but it was negating Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Without living with principles, a man or woman will fall for anything that sounds good, looks good, or feels good. Many people find that the 12-step program can be of great help. However, AA and NA are set up to reach all people, not just believers in Jesus Christ.

I suggest you lean on your church for spiritual direction as I did. They used the term “Higher Power” to not turn away those who did not believe in God of the Bible, on the one hand, which made some sense, but on the other hand, it kept Jesus Christ out of the recovery process. So bottom line, the 12-step program was helpful, but not an end in all for my problems. But I needed the Lord’s help! Do you need help right now with an addiction? You do not have to take this journey alone; many people would be willing to walk with you. Recovery principles are found right in the Bible to help you! Start with a Bible-believing church and even Christian counseling. You may also consider a Christian 12-step program to help you get started, as it did for me back in 1982-89. By the grace of God, I am thankful to be able to say that I have been clean and sober since June 25, 1986. ~ Bill Greguska


Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.




Eight Recovery Principles



Eight Recovery Principles Based On The Beatitudes From Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount.

1st Recovery Principle

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor. Matthew 5:3a

2nd Recovery Principle 

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

3rd Recovery Principle

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Happy are the meek. Matthew 5:5a

4th Recovery Principle

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8a

5th Recovery Principle

Voluntarily submit to any changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matthew 5:6a

6th Recovery Principle

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.
Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers Matthew 5:7a, Matthew 5:9, Matthew 5:23-24

7th Recovery Principle

Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
1 Corinthians 10:12, Colossians 3:16

8th Recover Principle

Yield me to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires. Matthew 5:10


The 12 Steps Of Alcoholics Anonymous!



Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Hebrews 4:12 ESV 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Colossians 3:5 ESV

Put to death, therefore, what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV 

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV 

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV 

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Matthew 5:28 ESV 

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Romans 12:2 ESV 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing, you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.




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