Recovery in the Lifestyle : RitL is a fellowship of BDSM lifestyle people and guests who are in recovery or would like to be. It is based on the 12 steps of recovery and recognizes that anonymity is most important for us all.

The Twelve Steps of Recovery in the Lifestyle

1.  We admitted we were powerless in our addictions - 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 our Higher Power as we understood It.

4.  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5.  Admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6.  Were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all these defects of character.

7.  Humbly asked It 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 our Higher Power, as we understood It, praying only for knowledge of Its will for us and the power to carry that out.

12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as a results of these steps, we tried to carry this message to those in recovery, and practice these principles in all our affairs.

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