The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of ITAA

The 12 step model is a plan of recovery that offers a spiritual path to healing. Here are the 12 steps of ITAA:

Step 1: We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, and that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2: We came to believe that power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3: We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of such power.

Step 4: We made a searching and fearless personal inventory of ourselves.

Step 5: We admitted to ourselves, another human being, and power greater than ourselves the exact nature of our problematic behavior and attitudes.

Step 6: We were entirely ready to have power greater than ourselves completely free us of all these defects of character.

Step 7: We humbly sought from higher power the removal of our shortcomings.

Step 8: We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9: We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11: We sought through practices such as meditation and prayer to improve our conscious contact with power greater than ourselves, seeking only knowledge of what to do and the strength to do so.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to internet and technology addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 Traditions of ITAA:

Tradition 1: Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on ITAA unity.

Tradition 2: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

Tradition 3: The only requirement for ITAA membership is a desire to stop using internet and technology compulsively.

Tradition 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or ITAA as a whole.

Tradition 5: Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the compulsive internet and technology user who still suffers.

Tradition 6: An ITAA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the ITAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Tradition 7: Every ITAA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Tradition 8: ITAA should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

Tradition 9: ITAA as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Tradition 10: ITAA has no opinion on outside issues, hence the ITAA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

Tradition 11: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication.

Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.