The twelve steps.Originally founded by Alcoholics Anonymous, this is the spiritual foundation for personal recovery from the effects of alcoholism, not only for alcoholics but also for their friends and family in Al-Anon family groups.
Lots of members of 12-step recovery programs.found that these steps were not just a way to stop drinking, but they became a guide to a new way of life.
While 12-stage meetings are the “community part” of mutual self-help groups,.The twelve steps themselves are the essence of the actual program. They are the directions that provide members with a path that leads to permanent sobriety and a drug-free lifestyle...
As explained in Chapter 5 “How It Works” in the book Anonymous alcoholicsThe Steps provide a suggested recovery program that has worked for the early AA members and has worked for many others regardless of their drug or behavior over the years.
The twelve steps
Here are the 12 steps. You can also examine them in depth and how others have applied the principles in their lives and gained insight, experience, strength, and hope.
Step 1: honesty
After many years of refusal, recovery can begin with a simple admission of powerlessness over alcohol – for alcoholics and their friends and family.
Step 2: belief
It seems to be a spiritual truth that before a higher force begins to work one must first believe that this is possible.
Step 3: pass
A life of turmoil can come to a screeching standstill and change forever by making a simple decision to hand everything over to a higher power.
Step 4: Soul Search
There is a saying in the 12-step programs that recovery is a process, not an event. Same goes for this step – more is sure to be revealed.
Step 5: integrity
Step 5 is probably the most difficult of all steps, and it also offers the greatest opportunity for growth.
Step 6: acceptance
The key to step 6 is acceptance – accepting character defects for what they are and being completely ready to let go of them.
Step 7: humility
The spiritual focus of step 7 is humility and calls upon a higher power to do something that cannot be done by willfulness or sheer determination.
Step 8: readiness
It may sound easy to make a list of victims before you recover. Being willing to actually make these changes is the hard part.
Step 9: forgiveness
Making amends may seem like a bitter pill to swallow, but for those serious about recovery, it can be great medicine for the mind and spirit.
Step 10: maintenance
Nobody likes to admit to being wrong. But it is absolutely necessary to maintain spiritual progress in recovery.
Step 11: get in touch
The purpose of step 11 is to discover the plan that God (as you understand him) has for your life.
Step 12: service
For those in recovery programs, practicing step 12 is simply “how it works”.
You can also read about the Twelve Traditions, spiritual principles that 12-step support groups focus on their primary purpose.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use or addiction problems, contact the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Authority (SAMHSA) helpline at 1-800-662-4357 Information about support and treatment facilities in your area.
You can find more mental health resources in our National Helpline Database.