Christian Addictions Recovery Ministries Society

We began our recovery programming in 2019 with, “Addictions Recovery: What does the Bible say? How can Jesus help?” at St. Anthony’s Parish, West Vancouver. Recovering alcoholics from around the North Shore attended this weekly roundtable discussion about the recovery principles outlined in the Bible.

Conversations that followed with the Very Reverend Fr. Gary Franken, and Fr. Larry Lynn, contributed to our next series of Christian recovery support meetings at St. Anthony’s, “The Twelve Steps Through the Bible,” which attracted participants from all around the Lower Mainland of BC.

These meetings, and ongoing talks which now included Fr. Craig Scott, inspired the creation of “The Twelve Steps Through the Bible Writing Guide”, which has now been used by individuals and groups, in treatment centres, Church meeting rooms, over the telephone, and via the Internet.

“You Lord, are near to all who call upon you, who call upon you in truth.”
Psalm 145:18

This writing guide is a beautiful and life-giving path through the Twelve Steps. It is God centred, encouraging deep reflection and introspection. Now fully abstinent, I am helping several other women use this Guide, and they have continuously provided feedback that it is easy to follow, and that the questions move them through each Step in a deep and meaningful way. I am so grateful for the divine inspiration of this guide! Thank you!!!

Christa S.

Addictions Recovery:

What does the Bible say?
How can Jesus help?

These questions are easy to follow, understand, and answer from my heart. This guide has brought me back to my faith, and taught me that I am worthy of recovery. The faith I had lost has been restored; and I have been brought home to the Church. My past no longer defines me. This has been my gateway to freedom. I highly recommend this guide to anyone seeking spiritual growth.


Vancouver BC

I found it really helpful to understand the Steps within a scriptural framework.

Steve W.

We were very pleased with the process and the outcomes of The Twelve Steps Through the Bible Writing Guide for our women; and look forward to having our staff and women go through this process again.

Mrs. Sharon Dobin

President, Sancta Maria House, Vancouver BC

Thank you. This is what I need very much and have been looking for for many, many, years.

Zigmund R.

That both new recovering addicts and alcoholics, and those with many years clean and sober have found this Writing Guide to be a valuable tool for their ongoing recovery, is testament to the power and glory of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as an unfailing helper and healer of the afflicted.

Please contact Charm to order “The Twelve Steps through the Bible Writing Guide”, and for more information about how to use this important resource for individual and group work.

This guide is a gentle journey through the Steps with emphasis on spiritual growth. Using it has completely changed my relationship with God. Believing in God is not enough: I have now discovered God’s purpose for my life and how to carry it out on a daily basis. The scriptural references have brought meaning to my life, and using this guide has increased my desire to attend Church regularly

Elisabeth L.

Wow! From the opening prayer in Step One to the closing prayers of Step Twelve, this elegant workbook embodies hope, support and inspiration for life beyond addiction. Angela has interwoven Bible verses with the recovery principles of the 12 Steps in a relatable way, creating a practical workbook with an uplifting format. I recommend it to anyone seeking to develop and clarify their path to sobriety through Christ Jesus.

Dr. Laura Cioppa (retired)

San Antonio, TX

12 Steps Through the Bible Writing Guide

Please contact to arrange for access to the Guide.

Twelve Steps Through the Bible Writing Guide
The Twelve Steps

1. We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We came to believe that God could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We became 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 a personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, 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.

Foot Notes

1 The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (“A.A.W.S.”) Permission to adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that A.A.W.S. has reviewed or approved the contents of this publication, or that A.A.W.S. necessarily agrees with the views expressed therein. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only – use of the Twelve Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise. Additionally, while A.A. is a spiritual program, A.A. is not a religious program. Thus, A.A. is not affiliated or allied with any sect, denomination, or specific religious belief.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17