Who We Are

Helping Men to Recover from Alcoholism and Addictions since 1968.

Our Mission

The Thirteen Step House Inc.’s mission is to provide a safe and secure living environment to allow alcoholics and addicts an opportunity to recover physically, mentally, and spiritually

Our Approach

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We start with AA principles

An integral part of life at the 13 Step House is Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12-step programs are a tried and true method boasting over three million recoveries for those that are willing and able to practice these regularly as a ‘design for living.’ We have seen time and again the power that is found in a person discovering others who, like himself, had felt defeated by but who has found a community of likeminded persons who share the same problems, and more importantly, the same solution.

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Find a power greater than yourself

A common myth is that the 12-step program is based on a religious premise. This is not true nor is it a requirement to subscribe to any religion or belief in God to work a 12-step program. The big book of Alcoholics Anonymous states “We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.”

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Learn to live a principled life

The 12-step program is a program by which its members stand to learn how to live a principled life and gain tools to do that. We have found that no matter what the extent of someone’s using was they will gain an abundance of tools for living from the program. It also is a program that exists not only throughout the country but throughout the world.

I have found that the process of discovering who I really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be

We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.

We have found that no matter what the extent of someone’s using was they will gain an abundance of tools for living from the program.

Our Story

Founded by four men of the Fort Wayne AA community in 1968, the 13 Step House began as a modest one-bedroom apartment. Through the commitment and dedication of the founders, the AA community, and its residents, the 13 Step House has grown to a complex of four buildings housing up to 50 men.

As stated by the Founders, the purpose of the 13 Step House is to “help our residents start a new life without the use of alcohol and unauthorized mind-altering chemicals. Further, we feel that the only way this can be accomplished is by regular attendance at AA meetings and following the 12 Steps and the principles of the AA program.”

AA will be a significant part of your life during your stay at the Step House. The program of Alcoholics Anonymous is our guiding philosophy and will be the measure of your progress while living at the “House.” AA is our cornerstone for one simple reason… it WORKS!

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