Teen Addiction Anonymous

a 12 step program generated by teens for teens with teens
To date, there have been over 20,000 times a teen has opted to attend meetings for support and outreach.
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The Steps

These steps were inspired by the original 12 step program.

Step 1: I admit that I am powerless over a personal addiction which is controlling my life.

Step 2: I have found a power that is greater than I am which can restore my sense of peace.

Step 3: I agree to turn my will over to the "Higher Power" as I define it.

Step 4: I will make a fearless and honest review of my life, my values, and my goals.

Step 5: I admit to a "Higher Power", to myself and to another human being, what was
             wrong with my choices.

Step 6: I am committed to having my addictive behavior removed by a commitment to
             a "Higher Power".

Step 7: I humbly ask my "Higher Power" to be with me as a constant reminder toward
             recovery from my addictive behavior.

Step 8: I will make a list of all the people whom I have hurt and will make peace with them.

Step 9: I will return to others what is owed them as long as it would not cause them harm.

Step 10: I will continue to evaluate my own actions and admit to myself what choices
               were wrong.

Step 11: I will continue to commit to my "Higher Power" through meditation and reflection,
               while following through with my recovery.

Step 12: As I continue my journey in recovery, I will share these steps with others
               while continuing to make them a part of my life.

While the Steps of Teen Addiction Anonymous were inspired by the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, they are not an adaptation. Rather they were created specifically for Teen Addiction Anonymous, and should not be construed otherwise. A.A. is a program concerned only with recovery from alcoholism, and is not affiliated with Teen Addiction Anonymous. 

Serenity Pledge

 

" Grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. "

 

Tokens

Tokens are used to show a period of time that the individual has kept away from addictive behavior and are used to acknowledge this success. Whether or not the person has an addiction to alcohol, drugs, anger, etc., this period of time must also include being clean and sober. Teens must attend 3 meetings before they can qualify for a token. This shows that they are willing to make a commitment to the process of change.

Bronze -- 24 hours
Silver -- 1 week
Gold -- 1 month

Tokens may be ordered by schools/organizations, which are trained and registered with Teen AA. Students may only receive one token for each time allotment.

The tokens carry a registered trademark designed to symbolize the journey through any challenge. The design has several implications.

  1. The triangle shape of the mountains connect us with the original AA triangles on its token.
  2. The different sizes and perspectives of the mountains, symbolize each person's journey.
  3. The sun represents hope that we all must find.
  4. Teen Addiction Anonymous is written out so as not to confuse it with any other program.
  5. Taking the Challenge explains the journey that each of us needs to take through life.
  6. One Day at a Time aligns us to other 12 step groups and tells us to be patient as we go through life's challenges.