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Addiction, Recovery and the 12 step process.

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Celebrate RecoveryAddiction is far from easy to overcome, but once recovery has been achieved a new life can be the one thing that recovering addicts have to look forward to.

Majority of us, know, have known, or know of someone who has had a problem with addiction. Some of us have even been to the dark, dreary pits of addiction personally and have taken the necessary steps to confront their issues and come to terms with it. Therefore allowing one to make a full recovery and to move on with their lives. The process is long and tedious but with the right help and support, it can really make a difference.

Twelve-step programs symbolically represent human structure in three dimensions: physical, mental, and spiritual. The disorders and diseases the groups deal with are understood to manifest themselves in each dimension.

The 12 Step approach has since grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing with not only alcoholism, but also drug abuse and various other addictive or dysfunctional behaviors.

The first 12 step program began with Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) in the 1930s, with these 12 steps.

  • Step 1- We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
  • Step 2- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
  • Step 3- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
  • Step 4- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
  • Step 5- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
  • Step 6- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
  • Step 7- Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
  • Step 8- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
  • Step 9- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
  • Step 10- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
  • Step 11- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God
  • Step 12- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles  in all our affairs

Throughout the past century the 12 step process has grown to adapt a wide variety of different addictions, and has help many to achieve freedom.

Its a great day to be clean!


Written by Daniel

January 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm