Two Way Prayer: A Lost Tool for Practicing the 11th Step

Bill Wigmore, Matthew S. Stanford

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Two Way Prayer formed an essential part of Oxford Group and early Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) spiritual practices. Pioneer AA members considered it more essential for recovery than attendance at meetings; however, it was gradually lost as a component of contemporary 12-Step programs. The article gives an overview of its history and provides a model for a more contemporary form of its practice. Initial evaluation suggests promising outcomes among a sampling of youth and adults engaged in a peer-support group for drug and alcohol recovery. The article includes a discussion of its use with individuals not having a religious conception of spirituality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • 11 Step
  • 12-Step spirituality
  • Oxford Group
  • prayer and meditation
  • quiet time
  • Two Way Prayer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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