Episode 32 - Trauma and Addiction Because recovery is a lifelong process, there is no wrong way to approach the 12 steps as the participant tries to figure out what works best for their individual needs. In fact, most participants find that, as they grow in their recovery, they will need to review some steps or even tackle more than one step at a time. Steps 1, 2 and 3 are considered the basis of a 12-step program and it is recommended to practice every day. The goal of Step 2 is for the individual to accept that they need the help of a greater force than them to advance in recovery.
The 6 Steps 1-9 establish a solid spiritual foundation and a new way of life free of drugs and alcohol. In Step 10, individuals seek daily responsibility for their actions, 6 By understanding how certain things can make a person feel and therefore act, individuals can be more aware of themselves and their behaviors. Step 10 involves personal reflections and a kind of point review to stay emotionally balanced, 6 During Step 12, people are often asked to share their stories, testimonies, and struggles with others to provide hope and encouragement. Practicing step 12 causes a deep sense of joy and purpose in oneself, as it helps others in their struggles.
6.The 12 Steps are a set of principles and actions designed to help people recover from addiction. The original program, Alcoholics Anonymous, is “a spiritual program that is not affiliated with any sect, religion, political movement, or other external organization or institution. The Twelve Steps are described in the book Alcoholics Anonymous. They can be found at the beginning of the chapter “How It Works.
The essays on the steps can be read in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The Twelve Steps are used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Al-Anon and many other programs that seek to help people recover from the disease of addiction. In addition, some groups have dedicated and resourceful websites to help the atheist or agnostic better identify themselves within the 12-step programs and guide them to literature and meetings that can help them on their recovery journey. The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for overcoming an alcohol addiction.
Step 10 involves personal reflections and a kind of timely review to keep yourself emotionally balanced. There are many 12-step programs for various addictions and compulsive behaviors, ranging from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous, all with the same 12-step methods. The purpose of Step 8 is to allow one to break free from past resentments and learn to develop more positive relationships. If the word God bothers you when you're new, think of it as an acronym that means “group of drunks” and write that phrase where you see the word, God.
If language adjustments or meetings aimed at the secular member do not help to avoid the spiritual part of the 12-step program, there are also alternative recovery programs. Working the Twelve Steps of a Recovery Program provides a step-by-step path to emotional and spiritual release from addiction. The 12 Steps to Sobriety are generally practiced with the support of a sponsor, who is a senior member of the program who volunteers to share their experience and provide guidance to the newest members in the 12-step program. The goal of most 12-step programs is to help those who want to use the steps feel comfortable trusting in greater power than themselves.
Many members of 12-step recovery programs have discovered that these steps were not simply a way to overcome addiction, but rather became a guide to a new way of life. .