Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God/Higher Power as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics/addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
People seem to believe once you hit these steps you are on the home stretch. You have mastered your addictive behaviors and you are well on your way to mental wellness. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth and in fact you will find the more you learn about yourself the more you realize you have so much more to go. It becomes very apparent there was so much hidden you are just starting to learn about yourself and many people end up going back through the steps to rediscover themselves.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
The infamous 7-9 steps! Well these are the steps you hear on television and comedy shows all the time referencing the importance of taking care of your business. In fact there was a sitcom several years ago based around these steps where he made a list of all the people he ever wronged in his life and the entire show was based with him going around and trying to make amends. Obviously, it did not go well many times and he was perplexed as to why he couldn’t work things out and make things right.
Well getting back to the REAL world these steps work very closely with the previous steps. Looking at our demons we begin to realize how much damage we created not only to ourselves but those around us. So once we get through taking a mo...
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God/Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
We’re entirely ready to have God/Higher Power remove all these defects of character.
Now these are the steps in which everyone indicates are the “major ones”. Everyone says to focus on these as they are the harder ones to deal with and in fact will take the most time to get through. When working on this it is important to work with someone that you trust and can share your darkest secrets. We all have them and at times we are not aware of some as we put them far away. Far enough away where we don’t see it ourselves. However when it does appear and it will, make it a point to look at why you hid it away in the first place. If it is something detrimental to yourself or others as you go through this process it is your duty to seek professional help to assist in this matter. You could not detangle this web alone the first t...
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Step work is an important part of the recovery process. Even if you do not fully accept the 12 step group idea the premise behind it is very valid and can be used in every area of your life. It is a step by step instruction guide of reacquainting with yourself and evaluating things in your current life. I hear many times of people gliding right through the first three steps when in reality these are the most important steps as these are foundational steps for the rest of the entire process. Most people see this as easy and of course why not? Understanding your behavior has made life unmanageable should be easy to understand. However, when you start to look closer at the next two steps it is movement towards the letting go of control and the inability to control the world around you along with determining what areas you do.
All human beings have a desire to control the world around them as it makes them feel safer in some way. When we don’t have some form of control we feel out of sorts...
Now that you have determined your first line of defense in this recovery process and made the decision to check out 12 step groups obviously the next step is learning about these “12 steps”. You hear it all the time, “Wow step 4 is some serious business! Don’t be 13th stepping now.” For a newcomer it’s definitely foreign language. Not only is it a foreign language but a feeling of being an outcast in some ways because it is like everyone knows this secret and you have no idea what they are sharing with each other. However, do not despair everyone started somewhere.
So what are the 12 steps anyway that everyone talks so much about? Well let’s take a look!
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/addictive behaviors/substances—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God/Higher Power as we understood...