Reentry Anonymous 
Ex-offender Education. Reentry Information.  Recovery Support.
A Non-Profit Organization



Recovery Program

    Make no mistake about it, the recovery program from criminal addiction is the 12 steps of Reentry Anonymous. Without the action of completing all 12 steps no freedom from criminal addiction can be gained and as previously stated, knowledge alone cannot achieve success for the person struggling with criminal addiction; be it just reading the steps or reading our basic text.

    Addiction is the single greatest factor behind incarceration. If we don’t address it in all it’s forms including criminal addiction, we have set ourselves up for failure regardless of any resources available through existing means for the ex-offender. Successful reentry and recovery from any addiction including criminal addiction is an inside job and can never rely on the expectation of external resources. You are a member in Reentry Anonymous (R.A.) when you say you are, there are no dues or fees for R.A. 12 step groups or meetings.

    Should the ex-offender think the idea of criminal addiction or ex-offender reentry support unnecessary, they only need to look at the state of their lives or count their arrests to see their success without a recovery program. Should any other individual think the idea of criminal addiction or ex-offender reentry support not necessary, they only need to look at the state of crime in their communities or the recidivism rates and they would then welcome the twelve steps of Reentry Anonymous.

    Our hope is that you have an open mind and the willingness to identify our common bond so that you also can share our common solution. It is only through direct and fierce honesty with oneself that a foundation of hope can be accomplished. It is only through the success and strength of the group as a whole that any individual dare to separate themselves from what is killing them. It is only through faith and courage that a man can be reborn at the time of their choosing. Any man can destroy his life by his own hand. It is truly a miraculous thing when a man is humble enough to allow others to help him rebuild it.
The Twelve Steps of Reentry Anonymous (R.A.)


    1. We admitted we were powerless over our criminal addiction, and that our lives had become unmanageable.
    2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
    4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves as well as put ourselves in our victims place.
    5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
    8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
    9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
   10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
   11. 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.
   12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


  Reentry Anonymous (R.A.) Principles of Group Autonomy


  • Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon R.A. unity.
  • For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  • The only requirement for R.A. membership is a desire to stop living a life of criminality through criminal addiction.
  • There are no dues or fees for R.A. membership, you are a member of Reentry Anonymous when you say you are.
  • Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or R.A. as a whole.
  • Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the criminally addicted person who still suffers.
  • The Reentry Anonymous World Service Office (WSO) purpose is to assist in supporting R.A. individual groups and their members as the central coordinating service center and support provider.
  • Individual R.A. groups ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Reentry Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  • Every individual R.A. group ought to be self-supporting.
  • Reentry Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but the R.A. World Service Office (WSO) service center may employ special workers.
  • R.A. may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

In accordance with copyright and permission policies, we are required to also list the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:

THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledg
e 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 alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


 

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (“AAWS”).  Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only - use of A.A.’s Steps or an adapted version in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or use in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.