Drug addiction and/or alcoholism is such a lonely disease!
As an addict becomes more dependent to their drug of choice, they will isolate themselves from everyone, cutting themselves off from family, friends and activities they used to enjoy. The drug or alcohol actually takes control of their brain and they become controlled by it. Even when they want to come out of that world, they think they can or must do it alone. The last thing a addict/alcoholic needs at the start of their recovery is to be shut off and alone.
The addict will say:
“I’ll cut back,” or
“I can stop ANY time I want to… I just don’t want to right now.”
One addict told me that the only way for him to get clean was for him to do all of the work, there was no other way.
What he was not considering is that as human beings, we are not wired that way. We are all wired for relationship. We are not meant for isolation.
Moreover, what if I told you that you can’t do it all on your own strength, that you need something from somebody else? The 12 Step Program for recovery was first created in the 1930’s, by Alcoholics Anonymous, but over the last 70 plus years, over 250 self-help groups have adopted these steps.
Why? Because they work if the addict is WILLING to work them
A key question an addict must ask themselves is are they Willing to try? In my group discussions at a 12 Step Program center, we discuss how people are body, mind and spirit. Granted, our spirits can be strong and our determination staunch, but the greater power is outside of us. That is the power that only God can provide.
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12 Step Program 12-Step -- What is it like?
Imagine yourself in the kitchen to make yourself a piece of toast. You have everything you need. But when you push down the lever to lower the bread into the toaster, nothing happens. You have done every correctly, so you double check -- bread, butter, jam, knife, plate – and you see that everything is in place. But there is one item missing. You have no power to make the toaster work. After a brief “ah ha” moment you plug the toaster in and shortly thereafter enjoy your toast.
The 12 Step Program is similar to making toast in one respect, you have to plug into a power source, and when you do, everything can start to work. We believe that people are not meant to be alone, to handle the everyday challenges of life. It follows that people are certainly not meant to be alone during the very hard times. Whatever the power source, it is vital to the process.
12 Step Program History
To appreciate the roots of the addiction 12-Step program we need to spend a moment to look into the personal history of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson.
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There are an abundance of web sites and books written about the addiction programs, and we’ll share a few of them with you to give you a broader base of understanding and point you to a few excellence resources. The program is steeped in tradition and firmly supported by spiritual truth, give us all a model of humanity that points us to a better life, a stronger relationship with our neighbors, and an eternal loving relationship with the one who made us.
As you look through the 12 Step Program, think of them as a process. Like a path you walk on to go from A to Z, only you must take all of the steps and go through each in order, otherwise the path does not lead to your final destination. You go at your own pace and move forward as you see fit. Along the way, always remember that these steps were written by people just like you, who needed help and had the courage to accept the help. Regardless of your addiction, this program offers improvement for the human condition. Maybe you like Rev. Buchman and Bill Wilson will go through a spiritual experience of your own. If you do, please share it with us.
The 12-Step Program
Please review each step and try to either begin following them yourself or enroll in a local program. Let’s take a look at the steps. You will see quickly that the process includes others and that we are not meant to go through this alone.
These 12-Steps were written for alcoholics. When you see the word "alcohol", just insert your drug of choice and the program will work for you with that drug.
Step One: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step Three: Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understand Him.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step Ten: 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 as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in our affairs.
Other Web Site Links
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For more information please visit: http://www.aa.org/
Still Don't Understand it?
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Summary of the 12 Step Program:
The 12 Step Program is very useful to help the addict turn their addiction over to a higher power.
The 12 Step Program starts with admitting that you have a problem and the your life has to become unmanageable.
Using the 12 Step Program helps many begin to understand their addiction and what part of their life influenced their decent into addiction.
The 12 Steps are part of almost all treatment programs because it has help millions of people to stop using and return to a productive and useful life.
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