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Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and that our lives had become unmanageable.

Principle: Honesty

In doing this step you are following in the footsteps of our ancestors. When our people were poised at the Red Sea, with the Egyptian armies in pursuit, they were panicked. The Israelites were afraid to cross. Moses cajoled them, to no avail. Fearful that they had come so far only to perish in the waters, our ancestors were ready to return to Egypt and again become enslaved. This may also be our fear. With this step we stand at the threshold of the Red Sea every day struggling, fighting the urge to return to the slavery of our dependency. One man arose, Nachshon ben Adminadav, a simple man, neither hero or leader, and stepped into the raging waters. Then a miracle occurred. The waters parted, and these former slaves walked on dry land toward freedom.

Text or Verse

Tefillat Ha-Derech.
May it be your will, Adonai, my God, and God of my ancestors, to lead me, to direct my steps, and to support me in peace.
Lead me in life, tranquil and serene, until I arrive at where I am going.
Deliver me from my every enemy, ambush and hurt that I might encounter on the way, and from all afflictions that visit and trouble the world.
Bless the work of my hands.
Let me receive Divine grace and those loving acts of kindness and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of a those I encounter.
Listen to the voice of my appeal, for You are a God who responds to prayerful supplication.
Praised are You, Adonai, who responds to prayer. Amen


Becoming part of a small group - a minyan (prayer quorum) or a chavura (extended family-like group) in community life is a basic human need. It will provide strength.


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Starting Over: Using Torah and the Twelve Steps of Recovery to Find Happiness
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