Spiritual tools to enhance 12-Step recovery


Two Way Prayer Groups

Friends of Dr Bob Two Way Prayer Groups meet to share their Two Way Prayer journal writings.  These support groups model for new members the practice of listening for God’s voice and seeking his guidance. 
Suggested guide here >

Prayer Partners

Friends of Dr Bob Prayer Partners meet by phone or in person to share their journal writings with one another. These persons may or may not be in sponsoring relationship; however, after leading a new person through the first nine Steps, this in depth focus on Steps 10, 11, and 12 encourage the new person to rely more directly upon seeking God’s guidance in his or her life.
Suggested guide here >

Book Study Groups

Friends of Dr Bob Book Study Groups meet to read and discuss some of the literature the Pioneers studied along with any of today’s spiritual literature your group may wish to explore.  One of our groups began with Emmet Fox’s Sermon on the Mount and later Richard Rohr’s Breathing Under Water (A Study 12 Step Spirituality.)
Suggested guide here >

Bible Study Groups

Friends of Dr Bob Bible Study Groups meet to study the scriptures in any format or using any Bible study programs the group members may choose.

Spiritual Retreats

Friends of Dr Bob Spiritual Retreats are ideal settings for learning and deepening the study of Two Way Prayer and other forms of contemplative practice. Many 12 Step Groups already meet annually to enjoy a weekend of spiritual practices and fellowship.
Contact us for retreat information >

Recovery Worship

Friends of Dr Bob Recovery Worship Services are Christian worship services where spiritual seekers in recovery join together weekly or monthly to give thanks, enjoy good music, and share time in fellowship with others. Ordained clergy in recovery generally lead these services. Groups are encouraged to experiment and develop models that might best work for them.
A suggested Episcopal Eucharist service here >

Father Bill's Recovery Sermons

Father Bill delivered a series of sermons at a local alcohol and drug treatment center in Austin, Texas. These popular sermons helped make Jesus real and relevant for many struggling to find a faith that worked. 
Find sermons on our Sam Shoemaker Community site here >


Bill Wilson and Dr Bob explored some of the cutting edges of spirituality in their own recoveries from addiction. Not unlike the mystics of all faiths and times, they sought a direct EXPERIENCE of God rather than settling for mere KNOWLEDGE about God.

We are Christians and other spiritual seekers committed to finding a deeper relationship with God through Two Way Prayer and the Four Absolutes. We study Pioneer A.A. literature as well as modern contemplative practices and authors that enhance our faith journeys and strengthen our recoveries.

We are joining with like-minded people in 12-Step Fellowships from around the country and around the world, helping them form spiritual support groups in their own communities.  We encourage them to use the name Friends of Dr Bob and to list their meeting on our website. We hope some of the following examples and sample meeting templates will help you bring this powerful spiritual resource to your own community.

He [the alcoholic] must have devotions every morning—a “Quiet Time” of prayer and some reading from the Bible and other religious literature. Unless this is faithfully followed, there is grave danger of backsliding.
— DR BOB and the Good Oldtimers, p. 131.