About Us

Step 12 Magazine is a Recovery Magazine passionate about spreading a message of hope.  We have lived the miracle of recovery, we have witnessed the miracle of recovery, and we pray for the people still searching.

We are not 12 STEP fellowship specific, and we are not affiliated with any particular religious doctrine. We believe that anyone struggling with self-destructive patterns of behavior can benefit from the principles outlined in the 12 Steps (originally documented in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous).

Recovery is a multi-faceted journey that requires attention at the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental levels. That is why we address a diverse range of topics.

Step 12 Magazine is intended to be fun as well as inspirational; motivational as well as supportive; light-hearted as well as concerned; and informational as well as resourceful.

We welcome feedback, support, suggestions, and help as we carry the message to as many people inside and outside of the rooms as possible.

Motto:  Live life on purpose — and with purpose!  TODAY

Our Operations

Publisher: Karen VanDenBerg
Karen VanDenBerg, Publisher

With some transferable skills, a ton of faith, and no experience with publishing whatsoever, I was inspired to start a Recovery Magazine in 2013 while attending school to become a drug/alcohol counselor. I finished school and graduated with honors which is where my formal training in the field of recovery stops (so far). [Read More]

Roni Askey-Doran - Editor
Editor: Roni Askey-Doran

A journalist in the Middle East for twelve years, and a chef in Europe during the previous decade, Tasmanian born Roni Askey-Doran spent more than twenty years on her own private roller-coaster, searching for ways to manage her Bipolar Disorder without resorting to prescribed medications. From the mental illness deck, she was also dealt a volatile hand of PTSD, and the finicky OCD card just for good measure. [Read More]

Advertising – Buddy Purel, Karen VanDenBerg

Distribution – Joseph Scholfield, Elliott Turner, Alex VanDenBerg

Puzzles / Humor / Horoscopes – Danica Robson


Dr. Keerthy Sunder
Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD

SUNDERstanding the Science of Addiction

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished Physician with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, administrator, teacher, and lecturer. He is also author of the Amazon International Best Seller book “Face your Addictions and Save your Life” and writer for peer-reviewed journals and professional book chapters.  [Read More]

Suzanne Whang (Pronounced Whong)
Suzanne Whang
(Pronounced Whong)

It’s a WHANGderful Life

Suzanne Whang is best known as the host of HGTV’s #1 show, House Hunters, for almost a decade. She also co-hosted Bloopers with Dick Clark on NBC, and FOX After Breakfast with Tom Bergeron. Suzanne played Polly on NBC’s Las Vegas for 4 seasons, and she’s a double award-winning stand-up comedian. She’s a published author, keynote speaker, teacher, coach, political activist, metaphysical minister, and stage four breast cancer thriver.  [Read More]

Dr. Judi Hollis
Dr. Judi Hollis

Food Obsession

For more than thirty years, Dr. Judi Hollis has been featured on CNN, Extra, Inside Edition, Oprah, Sally, and Leeza among others. SELF Magazine voted her treatments for food obsession among the top ten in the nation. She has been a licensed family therapist for more than thirty years and is maintaining her own seventy-pound weight loss.  [Read More]

Dan Sanfellipo -- CEO Unlocked for Life
Dan Sanfellipo — CEO Unlocked for Life

Unlocked for Life

Founder and CEO of Unlocked for Life and motivational speaker, Dan spent most of his life in and out of jail. His repeat offending and incarceration drove him to realize that he had to start a new life, or the spiral would continue–to an abrupt and fatal end. Step one: Admitting powerlessness over drugs and alcohol and acknowledging the complete unmanageability of his life. [Read More]

Darlene Lancer
Darlene Lancer, LMFT


Darlene brings a wide range of professional and life experience to her practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and relationship and codependency expert. She wrote wrote Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You.

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Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin, MA

Real Men, Real Recovery

Dan’s work and life is dedicated to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Dan is dedicated to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives and finding the success in their personal lives they are striving for in the professional lives. [Read More]

Batista Germaud
Batista Germaud

Strengthening Recovery

Certified as a practitioner in 5 healing arts modalities Batista understands the intricate role of true integration of body, mind and spirit towards the complete consciousness shift within an individual and the evolution of the planet. [Read More]

Petra Hoffmann

Dear Petra (Hep-C and Addiction)

Petra Hoffmann (aka Petrabilities) specializes in addiction, chronic pain/illness, and Past Life Regression within all her fields of work. Her medical knowledge has become quite extensive over the years. Petra has a special insight and empathy, having faced her own traumas, addictions, mortality, and having been a caregiver herself.  [Read More]

Mendi Baron
Mendi Baron, LCSW

Teen Corner with Mendi Baron

Mendi Baron is a passionate advocate for teens in the field of mental health and addiction and the go-to expert to start the conversation on critical issues that impact teens and their families. Clinically trained, Mendi’s extensive experience as a therapist includes individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, and families in various settings.  [Read More]

Denise Krochta
Denise Krochta

Family Survival

Denise, who has been around addicts for most of her adult life, moved into crisis mode when she discovered her teenage son was addicted to prescription drugs, along with alcohol and street drugs. Hers is a story of discovery and recovery. [Read More]

Sue Jackson
Susan Jackson, LMFT, Author, Clinical Director at New Creation and His House Addiction Treatment Centers

Family Treatment

When Sue Jackson was skating around roller derby rinks in Japan, Puerto Rico, and the United States with the New York Bombers and the Los Angeles T-Birds, she was unaware of the perception-building people skills that were being cultivated in preparation for her future in Family Therapy.  [Read More]

Bob Kocker, CEO Travel Sober
Bob Kocher, CEO Travel Sober

Travel Sober

Bob Kocher has spent over 22 years in the travel industry, working as a guide, group planner, agency owner and more. He has led more than 125 groups worldwide. Check out the agency web site www.travelsober.com for updates on travel tips or information on a specific travel destination. [Read More]

Lori Nelson
Lori Nelson

The “Normie” Perspective

An international “edu-tainer” aboard cruise ships, Lori Nelson has been a professional speaker, writer, teacher, voice over talent, and stand-up for decades. Currently, Lori lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but secretly seeks her escape to go and live at sea? Sea dreams aside, she randomly writes her way towards wherever whims of fancy. [Read More]

Carol Teitelbaum
Carol Teitelbaum, LMFT (20401)

Childhood Trauma – It Happens to Boys

Carol Teitelbaum is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (20401) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling and Guidance, both from Cal State Northridge. Carol has been a licensed therapist since 1985. [Read More]

Dr. Phyllis and Rev. Carrol Davis
Dr. Phyllis and Rev. Carrol Davis

Dr.Phyllis Davis is a psychologist, psychotherapist and Rev. Carrol Davis is an ordained minister.  They are Christian counselors specializing in individual, couples, group, and family therapy, conflict and  trauma resolution.  [Read More]

Judy Redman, Ph.D.
Judy Redman, Ph.D.

Dr. Judy Redman is a leading proponent of recovery. She has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to the betterment of the recovering community. Dr. Redman began her career as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 2000. She began teaching AOD Counseling Studies in 2004. Aspirant of improving the addiction counseling profession, Dr. Redman …[Read More]

step12magazine mark masserant
Mark Masserant

Years have passed; it’s time to dream again, and to write again.

Mark’s talent was kindled in the 60’s, when he began penning free verse poetry after a tragic event that triggered depression and PTSD. It went unrecognized and untreated for decades. Unbeknownst to him, writing was a spiritual release valve to let raw feelings seep out. [Read More]
Jami DeLoe
Jami DeLoe

Jami DeLoe hates talking about herself. She’s neurotic, anxious, shy, codependent, depressive, and insecure. In fact, sometimes she’s a little confused as to why anyone likes her or asks to hear her story. In other words, Jami fits right in among most people in recovery. [Read More]

Kyczy Hawk, RYT E-500
Kyczy Hawk, RYT E-500

Author of “Yoga and the Twelve Step Path”, “Life in Bite-Sized Morsels” and “From Burnout to Balance” she continues to submit articles to recovery and yoga oriented publications. She is currently completing her next book for Central Recovery Press: “A Yogic Guide Through The Steps”. [Read More]