Silence touches our common life together so that we can share a sense of the mysterious power both in our midst and beyond us.”
The Way of Unknowing   John Main, OSB   

Meditation as an 11th step Practice

Addiction & Recovery outreach shares an ancient path of contemplative prayer as a way to practice the 11th step. We are not a replacement for nor are we affiliated with any 12-step program. All are welcome, faith or none, 12 step or not.

Step 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.”

11th Step Testimonies -  2019

Christian Meditation came to me while I was in a Treatment Centre called Cuan Mhuire or Harbour of Mary in November of 2015.    In treatment, I began to wake up.

Twice-daily we attended 30-minute sessions of Christian Mediation.  I smile now at my labelling of the well-spoken Englishman on the CD and the long silence afterwards as we all sat quietly in much sought after peace.

Months later I was fortunate enough to see a poster advertising a local Christian Meditation group and I reached out and began the journey of the 11th Step and found a way to centre my life in the tradition so eloquently described by the man on the CD.

What keeps me coming back is the feeling I got when we sat down to meditate. It was the first time that I felt part of something that was bigger than me. It was the only time I ever felt safe and able to connect without a drink.The man on the CD, the men in Cuan Mhuire, my local group and the online community pointed me in the direction that I was looking for.

Martin, Ireland

Back in 1968-70, in my late twenties, I was befriended by a man who was in a 12 Step Recovery programme. His name was Jimmy M. We really clicked. He invited me to accompany him to many open meetings in Auckland. This was for me quite astounding, to witness people in dire straits of addiction with their honest sharing, launching out in a way of recovery of mutual support. One of the most poignant encounters that I had with Jimmy at this time was his sharing with me his spiritual struggles with prayer; he was wanting me to help him to pray. He told me it was part of his Twelve Step programme of recovery, the 11th Step. I felt very inadequate and yet I knew that this was vital, not only for Jimmy but also for myself, in my own journey. Eventually our paths went in different directions.

That encounter with Jimmy left in me a longing, an ache to not only help Jimmy or persons like him, but also it reaffirmed within me that, that was what I needed to live fully myself.

About six years ago. I received a phone inquiry concerning our ad in the local paper, under Community Groups: Christian Meditation Groups in Whangarei, with my contact details. This chap was wanting to know if it would meet his need in practising the 11th Step. He was working on a twelve Step recovery programme. This led to a long conversation which included my memories of Jimmy M and his query to me years earlier and rekindling that previous desire.

Since that phone query six years ago whilst I was on Christian Meditation Retreat down in Hamilton, two 12 Steppers participating in that retreat had private conversations with Fr. Laurence, the global spiritual guide of WCCM. Thus the seeds were planted and connecting with the outreach in our global community, resulted in several community days for Addiction & Recovery and a small 11th step group in Whanagarei and a weekly online group from New Zealand.
Whanagarei, New Zealand

Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice Groups

Jacksonville, FL
WCCM Neptune Beach Center
Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice
Wednesday Evenings 7 pm-8:15pm
1112 Third Street Suite #9
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
(904) 241-4738

Western Springs, IL
St. John of the Cross Parish Center
Monday mornings 10:30 am – 11:30 am
5005 South Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
Janet (708) 246-4866

Milwaukee, WI
Lake Park Lutheran Church
Saturdays 10:45 – 11:15 am
2647 N. Stowell
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Heather Albinger
(414) 491-0516


Online Groups:
*Sundays at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.
*New group! Saturdays 7:00 pm Eastern.
*Request to join these groups, here:
*Our US Online meditation groups page here.

In the UK:
Kairos Center
Mount Angelus Road