The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments

A Catholic Journey through Recovery

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Publication date: November 10, 2017

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Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Sacraments. (Second Place).

In the first book to directly integrate the Twelve Steps with the practice of Catholicism, Scott Weeman, founder and director of Catholic in Recovery, pairs his personal story with compassionate straight talk to show Catholics how to bridge the commonly felt gap between the Higher Power of twelve-step programs and the merciful God that he rediscovered in the heart of the sacraments.

Weeman entered sobriety from alcohol and drugs on October 10, 2011, and he's made it his full-time ministry to help others who struggle with various types of addiction to find spiritual wholeness through Catholic in Recovery, an organization he founded and directs.

In The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments, Weeman candidly tackles the struggle he and other addicts have with getting to know intimately the unnamed Higher Power of recovery. He shares stories of his compulsion to find a personal relationship with God and how his tentative steps back to the Catholic Church opened new doors of healing and brought him surprising joy as he came to know Christ in the sacraments.

Catholics in recovery and those moving toward it, as well as the people who love them will recognize Weeman's story and his spiritual struggle to personally encounter God. He tells us how:

  • Baptism helps you admit powerlessness over an unmanageable problem, face your desperate need for God, and choose to believe in and submit to God’s mercy.
  • Reconciliation affirms and strengthens the  hard work of examining your life, admitting wrongs, and making amends.
  • The Eucharist provides ongoing sustenance and draws you to the healing power of Christ.
  • The graces of Confirmation strengthen each person to keep moving forward and to share the good news of recovery and new life in Christ.

Weeman's words are boldly challenging and brimming with compassion and through them you will discover inspiration, hope, sage advice, and refreshingly practical help.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594717253

Imprint: Ave Maria Press


  • “Penetrating.”

    The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments outlines in a penetrating way the essential relationship between the beauty of each step and the specific sacramental reality that can link that step to a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.”

    From the foreword by Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy
    Bishop of San Diego

  • “Helps us get a clear picture of the Twelve Steps and how they relate to the sacraments.”

    “In The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments, Scott Weeman shares his own personal story of recovery and the stories of other recovering addicts to help us get a clear picture of the Twelve Steps and how they relate to the sacraments Christ established and left to his people for our sanctification.”

    Marcus Grodi
    Founder and president of The Coming Home Network International

  • ” Part memoir, part manual.”

     “At last, a book that orients the wisdom of Twelve-Step recovery toward the grace of the sacraments and vice versa. Part memoir, part manual, Scott Weeman's The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments shows that the principles of the Twelve-Step movement harmonize perfectly with Catholic anthropology. Weeman’s own escape from the dark vortex of drug and alcohol addiction is proof positive that the sacraments can transform earthly sobriety into heavenly sanctity.”

    Patrick Coffin
    Author and host of The Patrick Coffin Show

  • “An important book.”

    “Too often, we think of addiction recovery as an either/or proposition: either you lean on your Catholic faith or you set it aside and go through a Twelve-Step program. In this important book, Scott Weeman shows us that the sacraments and Twelve-Step programs are complementary and that an effective recovery strategy will incorporate both.”

    Jennifer Fulwiler
    Catholic radio host and author of Something Other Than God

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