Life Recovery Coaching 101



The AACC is taking Life Recovery Coaching to the next level by developing an innovative, professional certificate and certification training program in partnership with two of America’s anchor voices and leading professionals, Steve Arterburn and David Stoop. Both are well-known for their Life Recovery Bible, which has now sold over 1.6 million copies. Our dynamic Life Recovery Coaching series will be anchored by three distinct courses focusing on a biblically-based application of the 12-Step model and Christian recovery principles. Whether you are a pastor, counselor, lay helper, or small group leader, do not miss this incredible resource to be equipped and more effectively serve those on the path to recovery.

Life Recovery Coaching 101: The 12 Steps of Life Recovery

This course is designed to introduce people to the 12 Steps of Life Recovery. These steps are foundational in helping people move from a life of addiction and pain to a life of freedom and wholeness. Counselors will learn how to help clients undergo the powerful profess of life recovery.


Stephen Arterburn, M.A. and David Stoop, Ph.D.

Course Lessons

LRC 101: Step One—Admitting Powerlessness and the Unmanageability of the Problem

This session introduces the first step: Awareness. Awareness involves an important paradox that involves the admission of one’s powerlessness to find strength. Although one may be powerless over addiction, he or she is not helpless. Coaches have a unique opportunity to raise an individual’s awareness and acceptance of the unmanageability in his or her life as a result of the addiction.

LRC 102: Step Two—The Role of Faith in the Restoration of Sanity

Step two involves three different levels that ultimately lead to a spiritual journey. Coaches have the unique opportunity to start individuals on their spiritual journeys as the requirement of faith in this step results in hope and experiencing God as the highest power.

LRC 103: Step Three—The Decision and Willingness to Surrender

The third step in recovery requires a willingness to surrender through action. The decision to surrender involves one’s will and life. Through the process of surrender, a person may have to redefine who God is in his or her life.

LRC 104: Step Four—Life Assessment: A Fearless Moral Inventory

Step four encompasses reality and self-evaluation. It involves looking realistically, in truth and understanding, at personal shortcomings. In doing so, one must be honest, unselfish, pure, and loving.

LRC 105: Step Five—Admitting One’s Wrongs

This session introduces step five while providing a biblically sound understanding and model of how to confess to others. Many people do not believe their behavior affects others, but it does. Actions can hurt others, our relationship with God and ourselves.

LRC 106: Step Six—Allowing God to Remove Character Defects

Step six introduces the willingness for change. In this step, one combines faith and insight to develop the readiness for change. This readiness is a humbling before God. Although many people want lasting change, relapse is a harsh reality. It is important to educate those in recovery on the basic components and initial stages of relapse.

LRC 107: Step Seven—Removing Inadequacies: The Humble Request

This session overviews the seventh step in the recovery model, and explains the foundations for the twelve steps while overviewing the steps that have been covered up to this point. The maturing and the building of character is an important characteristic of the seventh step as one is humbly asking God to remove his or her shortcomings.

LRC 108: Step Eight—Making the List

Step eight involves composing a list of all those who have been affected by one’s actions. This step can develop a brokenness that heals and releases one from the chains and shame of his or her past. This is a vital step to the person’s freedom.

LRC 109: Step Nine—Making Appropriate Amends

Step nine involves the action of making amends with those that have been impacted by one’s actions. During this step, the major obstacle involves avoiding the human tendency to rationalize and become defensive.

LRC 110: Step Ten—Continuing the Personal Inventory

This session introduces step ten. In this step, one is called to persevere and stay the course. As a lifelong process, recovery requires that an individual is consistently aware of what each step entails as he or she continually does them. During this step of perseverance, preservation becomes an important component of the recovery process.

LRC 111: Step Eleven—A New Level of Intimacy

Step eleven focuses on one’s intimate relationship with God. Throughout the previous ten steps, one has been progressing through inventories, confessions, making amends, and letting others see what is inside of him or her. This session will discuss the importance of the Serenity Prayer and its individual components that are particularly pivotal throughout the healing and recovery process.

LRC 112: Step Twelve—Living and Relaying the Message

In this final session, step twelve is introduced. Step twelve involves helping others because one has been helped. The coach is not only helping an individual in terms of his or her temporal life, but the coach is also helping the individual in terms of his or her eternal life. This is the joy of coaching as coaches are in service to others.

Continuing Education

12.0 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: 

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