The 12 Tools of Rageaholics Anonymous
We attain a daily reprieve from compulsive raging by practicing the 12 Steps and by using the following 12 Tools:
1. MEETINGS We attend meetings at which we share our experience, strength, and hope with one another. Unless we give to newcomers what we have received from R.A., we cannot keep it ourselves.
2. SPONSORSHIP We have found it essential to our recovery to have a sponsor and to be a sponsor. A sponsor is a recovering rageaholic, who guides us through the Twelve Steps and shares their own experience, strength, and recovery.
3. OUTREACH We maintain frequent contact with other R.A. members by using the telephone, email, and other forms of communication. We make a point of talking to other R.A. members before and after taking difficult steps in our recovery.
4. CONSCIOUS CONTACT WITH A HIGHER POWER We maintain conscious contact with a Higher Power. We consistently and regularly seek understanding of a Higher Power's will and direction for our lives.
5. ABSTINENCE We practice abstinence from rage. Abstinence may differ among RA members depending on how each person defines their bottom-line behaviors. Bottom-line behaviors are any self-destructive rageful acts which, once engaged in, result in worsening self-destructive consequences for ourselves and/or others. Staying away from bottom-line behaviors defines each person's abstinence.
6. SAFE RELEASE We practice safe release of negative emotions. This may take the form of healthy physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual actions that enhance our sense of serenity and does not harm others.
7. AWARENESS We become aware of our rage triggers, thoughts about the triggers, and feelings beneath our rage. We do so to seek recovery and willingness to surrender our disease.
8. BOUNDARIES We become aware of our limits and take action to maintain healthy boundaries. We can discover our boundaries, verbal and physical, when we distinguish our needs, feelings, roles, responsibilities, and issues from those of others. As we recover, we clarify and own where our responsibilities to ourselves begin and end, before clarifying where other peoples responsibilities begin.
9. R.A. AND A.A. LITERATURE We study the literature of Rageaholics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous to strengthen our understanding of compulsive disease and recovery from compulsive raging.
10. FELLOWSHIP-WIDE SERVICE AND BUSINESS MEETINGS We attend Fellowship-wide Service meetings and Business meetings in the program. Many of us have long harbored feelings that service and business were not a part of our lives, but for others more qualified. Yet participation in running our own program teaches us how our organization operates and also helps us to become responsible for our own recovery.
11. SERVICE We perform service at every level: personal, meeting, Intergroup, and World Service. Service is vital to our recovery. Only through service can we give to others what so generously has been given to us.
12. ANONYMITY We practice anonymity. This allows us freedom of expression by assuring us that what we say at meetings or to other R.A. members at any time will not be repeated.
Tools Approved by Rageaholics Anonymous Fellowship-Wide Service Committee, Oct 2020.