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0.7 CEU

Every Step Counts: A Primer to the 12-Step Recovery Process

Course Summary

  • Addictions of all kinds is a growing problem in every nation.  Even Christians are struggling to overcome their hurts, hang-ups, and habits that are keeping them from fully experiencing the peace of Christ.  And our communities are plagued by dangerous behaviors that are wearing away the life and hope of many, including children.  The Seventh-day Adventist Church can bring hope and healing into the lives of these individuals.  This course will help you understand how addictions happen and how a church can serve to help others find freedom.
  • This course is open to all, and is required by anyone who wants to be a Facilitator for the Journey to Wholeness addiction recovery program.  Through this versatile program, you can help empower individuals to live a transformed life filled with hope by supporting them through recovery from addictions and harmful thoughts and behaviors.

What do I need to know?

If taking this course to become a Journey to Wholeness Facilitator:

  1. This online training complements our live training.  Both trainings are required to become a Journey to Wholeness (JTW) Facilitator.  You may take these trainings in any order.  Learn more at
  2. Upon completion of this online course, you will receive a certificate with your name.  You will also be asked to join our online community of JTW Facilitators at
  3. We encourage you to begin talking with your pastor, church Board, elders, etc about this program about how to incorporate the Journey to Wholeness program in your church's local ministry.


We welcome ANYONE who is interested in learning about addictions to take this course.

What will I learn in this course?

  • Understanding the science and process of how someone becomes addicted will help you understand how to help them recover.  This online self-study course will give you a foundational understanding so that you can be better equipped as a Journey to Wholeness Facilitator.  You will also learn about how the Adventist Church,  from its very early years, has played a key role in science, policy, prevention, and recovery of addictions.  You will also learn how we can continue to offer the freedom that comes through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • In the live training, you will gain practical skills on how to successfully conduct the Journey to Wholeness program.  You will also be connected with others who are experienced in recovery programs and those who are new to this ministry.  Successful completion of the live training is also required to be a Journey to Wholeness Facilitator.  Visit us at to learn more.


Required resources – these books are used throughout this online course.

  1. Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White — Recovery Edition also available,  Note, you will receive this resource when attending a live JTW Facilitator training.
  2. The Twelve Steps for Christians, by Friends in Recovery,

Suggested books or resources – these are NOT required to complete the online training.

  1. Journey to Wholeness Complete Set, by NAD Health Ministries,  Note, you will receive this resource when attending a live JTW Facilitator training.
  2. Unhooked video series, by NAD Health Ministries,
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous: the Big Book.  Free download available at


Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual effects of addictions.
  2. Identify the two major types of addictions and the broad list of sub-types.
  3. Share about the biblical basis for the 12 steps to recovery
  4. Sympathize with those who are on the path to recovery and recognize that we all struggle and are in need of help from God and each other
  5. Gain confidence in conducting the Journey to Wholeness program — a 12-step Christian program that can help anyone in the process of recovering from hurts, harmful habits, and addictions.
  6. Understand how to work with your local church in this area of ministry.


Online Course Outline

Module 1:  The Need for Addiction Recovery

  1. Introduction
  2. Mission & Purpose of ARMin
  3. Role of Recovery Ministries in Meeting Needs
  4. My Story: Steve

Module 2:  How Addictions Happen

  1. Understanding Addictions
  2. Physiology of Addictions
  3. Adverse Childhood Experiences

Module 3:  The 12 Steps — A Healing Bridge, Part 1

  1. Step 1
  2. Step 2
  3. Step 3
  4. Step 4

Module 4:  Prevention and Recovery

  1. Resilience
  2. Role of Family in Recovery
  3. Role of Service in Recovery
  4. Role of Faith in Recovery
  5. My Story: Harlene
  6. Changing Trajectories

Module 5:  The 12 Steps — A Healing Bridge, Part 2

  1. Step 5
  2. Step 6
  3. Step 7
  4. Step 8

Module 6:  Emotional Aspects for Healing

  1. Emotional Healing, Part 1
  2. Emotional Healing, Part 2
  3. Codependence
  4. My Story: Ray
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Healthy Boundaries

Module 7:  The Adventist Church and Addictions

  1. Adventists and Substance Abuse Prevention
  2. Adventist Recovery Ministries: History of Service


Module 8:  The 12 Steps — A Healing Bridge, Part 3

  1. Step 9
  2. Step 10
  3. Step 11
  4. Step 12


Module 9:  Conclusion & Next Steps

  1. Group Facilitation
  2. Keys to Successful Recovery
  3. My Story: David
  4. Close

About the Instructor

Course Instructors

Alina Baltazar, PhD, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, CLFE, CCTP-I, CFTP
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Co-Associate Director, Institute for the Prevention of Addiction
Andrews University

Angeline D. Brauer, DrPH, MHS, RDN
Health Ministries Director
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Kiti Freier-Randall, PhD
Pediatric Neuro-developmental Psychologist
Director of Psychological Services
Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Health

Duane C. McBride, PhD
Executive Director, Institute for Prevention of Addictions
Director, Center for Drug Policy Research
Andrews University

Ray Nelson, MDiv, MSPH
Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) Coordinator
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Frank Sanchez
Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) Coordinator
Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Beverly Sedlacek, DNP, MSN
Adjunct Professor, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminar
Andrews University
University Medical Specialties

David A. Sedlacek, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor of Family Ministry and Discipleship, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminar
Andrews University

Ricardo J. Whyte, MD
Addiction Psychiatry Specialist
Medical Director
Community Hospital of San Bernardino

We are grateful to our guests who were willing to share their personal journey to freedom from addictions.


2 months ago
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Excellent overview

8 months ago
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Great course, very informative and is a great tool in helping others and ministry.

a year ago
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This course made me remember the time when I was a drug user, I never went to a twelve step program to be come clean and sober, I woke up one day and had a conversation with God, I prayed and cry, and cry and pray. It took me a few days to realize that Go... Read More

a year ago
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This course is very informative and I learned a lot about self and how to help others from a Christian perspective. Being a Substance Abuse counselor I was thinking about adding Ministry of Healing and Counsel on food and Diet. Excellent course

a year ago
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This course was excellent in providing me with the foundational information to aid me in my own recovery as well as working step 12; to carry this message to anyone who still suffers. In this time when we cannot meet in person, I am very grateful for the ... Read More

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