ADDoration Ministries
Friday, July 30, 2021
God is SO GOOD; although I have ADD.

12 step programs


ADDoration Ministries is not a 12 step program. On the other hand, the 12 steps are too excellent to ignore. Certainly the 12 step track record over roughly seven decades is commendable. The first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was June 10, 1935, in Akron, Ohio. The steps were initially developed for alcohol recovery, but they work for many other habits. Several of the 12 steps are very familiar to Christians with a personal relationship with the Lord. In fact, I am suggesting two sets of the 12 steps, that are food for thought.

I credit psychologist, Dr. Robert LoPresti, PhD, of Long Branch, NJ, for adapting these 12 steps to ADD. Here they are:
1. We admitted that we are powerless over our ADD; and 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/her.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to our higher power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have our higher power remove all defects of character.
7. We humbly asked our higher power to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them.
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 our higher power, as we understood him/her, praying only for knowledge of his/her 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.

Now for the second set of 12 steps -- my former pastor, Rev. Charles McNeil, has put together a generic description of the 12 steps. He got these from other writings, including the AA text book, that is sometimes called "The Big Book." Charlie has a background of counseling, before he became a church pastor.
Step One is about recognizing the brokenness of our human condition. 
Step Two is about the birth of faith in us.
Step Three involves a decision to let God be in charge of our lives.
Step Four involves self-examination.
Step Five is the discipline of confession.
Step Six is an inner transformation, sometimes called repentance.
Step Seven involves the transformation or purification of our character.
Step Eight involves examining our relationships and preparing ourselves to make amends.
Step Nine is the discipline of making amends.
Step Ten is about maintaining progress.
Step Eleven involves the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation.
Step Twelve is about ministry.

I Can't
God Can
Let God


I have heard that there are roughly a hundred organizations that apply the 12 steps to various problems and disorders. Perhaps you might find the organization using a search engine, entering "12 Steps" along with whatever is your problem. Also try "anonymous" along with whatever is your problem. Your local library might have a directory of associations.

ADDoration Ministries is understanding of the reason that "higher power" (omitting Jesus) is the focus of AA and other self-help organizations. I hear that, at some AA meetings, the leader might request that you not get into any detail about Jesus. I have also heard that it depends on who is leading the AA meeting, as for whether Jesus can be mentioned. AA requires inclusiveness of persons with differing theologies. With some AA members, their "higher power" is AA -- and that is good for persons who have not found any kind of Lord. The focus of AA is alcohol recovery, not evangelism. By the way, toward bottom of this page I mention Overcomers Outreach that can be a bridge between a Christian church and the 12 steps.

I interject that when AA was started during the 1930's, Jesus was the focus of the higher power. Over decades, AA evolved to more inclusiveness -- that's understandable. Some AA members still focus on Jesus, as the higher power.

A ministry for Jesus orientated AA is Dick B., P.O. Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753. Dick B's site is oriented to the Bible roots of AA and the early Christian fellowship. You can contact him for any of these early AA materials.

Long Branch, NJ, psychologist Bob LoPresti does encourage people to start their own 12 step ADD support group. If the Lord leads you that way, do pray further about that. I suggest that an AA friend be a mentor to your group, so as to advise getting the group started properly.

I remind you of the "anonymity" element of 12 step programs. Confidentiality is critically important. Nothing said in this room will be repeated outside of these four walls. If anybody betrays that trust, then other participants will cease sharing anything, so as to make sure that it doesn't get "broadcast."


In closing, several of the 12 steps are valuable to practicing Christians. The 12 steps are welcome with ADDoration Ministries; however the 12 steps are not the main focus.

By the way, I would appreciate an e-mail to tell me about any 12 step group you are starting.

Oh yes, click here for the Alcoholics Anonymous web site. The time and place of a local AA group, that isn't in the web site. The number of AA groups is too vast for web site listing. Instead most telephone directories have an AA listing.

For Emotions Anonymous web site, click here. However the web site of Emotions Anonymous does have local meeting times and places.

For Narcotics Anonymous web site, click here. They too list local meetings on their web site.

OO (Overcomers Outreach) is a 12 step program that is definitely Christian and it covers a broad variety of problems -- Attention Deficit Disorder being one of them. This is a caring compassionate group of Christians that meet for 30 minutes together to discuss a broad topic, then break out to smaller groups to cover topics such as addictions, co-dependency, to name a couple. OO is sometimes called a bridge between church and another 12 step program. Therefore OO might for anybody who is in a local AA group that suppresses mentioning Jesus; although you might need both organizations. Sometimes AA members also join OO, for the purpose of being led to Jesus as the higher power.


For more information on OO (Overcomers Outreach), click here. The OO web site does post locations and times of local OO groups.

Also there is Christians In Recovery, which is another organization that helps 12 step persons find Jesus as the higher power. Click here for Christians In Recovery. However note that Recovery International is a much different organization.

On a lake in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey, there is America's Keswick Colony of Mercy. The exact location is Whiting, NJ. The people live there for a minimum of 120 days. Keswick is Christ centered, scripturally based, and prayer guided. Their track record is good. Some of those people have been in the gutter, before their Recovery. Their web site would tell you more.

<*(((>< your ADD brother in the Risen Christ,
Lester Hemphill
Founder of ADDoration Ministries