When going through the Overcoming Addiction with clients for the first time, it’s easy to get caught up in the medical aspects of drug abuse, the social aspects of addiction, the debate over whether or not God exists and the merits of even trying 12-Step.
Our initial discussions can be rather lively at times, but well worth while to answer questions and put people at ease. I’d like to think that the sessions are well organized and effective, but for some reason, near the end, when we share the "12-Steps in Reverse", a lot of what we had been talking about takes shape.
Humor is an excellent tool, and I personally think the Overcoming Addiction- 12 Step in Reverse is a hoot. I got this version from a friend, who got it from someone else. I don’t know the author. There is a 12-Step in Reverse version on 12-Step.com, which is close to the following one and very funny. They think it might have come from AA Grapevine.
We dedicate this version to the person who thought of it.
"12-Step Program in Reverse"
Step 1: I stated that I could handle my liquor and drugs and was master of my fate.
Step 2: I firmly believed that I was entirely rational and sane in every respect.
Step 3: I made a decision to run my own life and be successful in all my undertakings.
Step 4: I made a searching and thorough inventory of my fellow man and found him lacking.
Step 5: I admitted to no one, including God and myself, that there was anything wrong with me.
Step 6: I sought through alcohol to overcome my responsibilities and escape the realities of life.
Step 7: I got drunk to remove these shortcomings.
Step 8: I made a list of all persons who had harmed me, whether imaginary or real, and swore to get even.
Step 9: I got even whenever possible, except when to do so would further injure me.
Step 10: I continued to find fault with the world and the people in it, and when I was right, promptly admitted it.
Step 11: I sought through conniving and hypocrisy to improve myself materially at the expense of my fellow man, as I misunderstood him, asking only for the means to get or stay drunk and escape the realities of life.
Step 12: After having had s complete moral, financial and physical breakdown, I tried to drag those who were dear to me down to my level and to practice this reasoning in all my affairs.
These 12-Step recovery in reverse steps always leave people laughing and the number one most common statement in response is, “This is more true than you know.”
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