How We Help


“Sharing The Burden takes me out of the dark and into the light”

We hold anonymous weekly meetings, open to everyone. A human being who is hurting needs help, no matter the source of their pain. Our meetings are a safe place where the weight of addiction depression, chronic pain, bereavement, and toxic relationships can be eased by sharing all which encumbers us.
No one should be without hope!! Our twelve-steps to recovery and spirituality know no bounds!!

Sharing The Burden’s Steps to Recovery and Spirituality

1. We admitted we were powerless over our problems, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, 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 others, 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.

 

“anyone with any sort of anxiety, burden,
or concern can find a pathway to healthy living…available to an ever widening
community of participants in Sharing The Burden.
I encourage you to join them on the journey”

 

“hidden in our workplaces, meetings, and congregations in any given week, are people who are struggling with life’s stresses or have someone in their
home who is. Sharing The Burden provides hands on help and support so that those who are feeling overwhelmed by
challenges can move forward. I’ve been amazed to see how broad of a net Scott and Julia Duncan cast, helping people
with a wide variety of needs, from addiction to alcoholism to mental illness to struggling with loss and chronic disease”

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 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 alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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