Anonymous 12 step program to help overcome your addictions
About Overcomers Outreach
Latest statistics suggest 1.4 million Australians are struggling with an addiction. Sadly, alcohol, meth-aphetamines, pornography, gambling, sex and binge eating habits often end up controlling many people’s lives. Overcomers Outreach is a 12 Step Program like Alchololics Anonymous
or Narcotics Anonymous, except our higher power is unashamedly Jesus. However, many non-Christians join with us to learn from God’s wisdom in the Bible. Overcomers Outreach exists to help anyone who is serious about overcoming addiction and is willing to seek God’s help.
The 12 Steps
Face Your Truth
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
“We felt we were doomed to die and say how POWERLESS we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us.”
II Corinthians 1:9
“A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe.”
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
“Trust in the Lord completely; don’t’ ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
“Let us examine ourselves and repent and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and our hands to Him in heaven.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
“So give yourselves humbly to God… then, when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, He will lift you up, encourage and help you.”
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
“But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”
I John 1:9
“If you are standing before the altar…and suddenly remember that a friend has something against you, leave your sacrifice there and go and be reconciled…and
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours? But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.”
“But how can I ever know what sins are lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. And keep me from deliberate wrongs; help me to stop doing them. Only then can I be set free of guilt.”
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Connect with God
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.
“If you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you, and knowledge of God Himself, you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting Him.
“Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.”
I Peter 3:15
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.
We admitted we were powerless over addiction and that our lives had become unmanageable.
12 Step programs
have proven themselves helpful with all sorts of addictions. The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem and need help. Overcomers Outreach then provides the help, the compassion and the confidentiality to beat addiction. Don’t put it off any longer. Break the chains today.
Each month of the year we focus on another step in the program. 12 steps for 12 months of the year. But be assured you don’t need to start in January. Any time is a good time to start and you can work each step at your own pace.
Overcomers Outreach is run by our Chaplain Geoff Miles. But the Senior Pastor Matt Johnson has personal experience with drug addiction and is always available for advice or pastoral support. Why not join us next Friday?