What Are the Twelve Steps?

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What Are the Twelve Steps?For a person beginning the journey to sobriety, attending group support meetings can be incredibly beneficial. The 12-step program offered by Alcoholics Anonymous and also Narcotics Anonymous has proven to help countless addicts get and stay sober.

The 12-step Program

The following are the steps involved in most 12-step programs:

  • Step One: Addicts admit being powerless over alcohol, or drugs, and recognize that their lives have become unmanageable.
  • Step Two: Addicts come to the belief that a power greater than themselves can help to restore them to sanity. This power does not necessarily have to be faith-based; however, more often than not, addicts find comfort in believing in a religious higher power.
  • Step Three: Addicts decide to turn their will and their lives over to the care of the higher power, as they understand higher power to be.
  • Step Four: Addicts make a searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves.
  • Step Five: Addicts admit the exact nature of the behaviors they have been engaging in to the higher power, themselves, and to another person.
  • Step Six: Addicts come to the realization that they are ready to have the higher power remove the character defects that may have left towards the addiction.
  • Step Seven: Addicts ask the higher power, humbly, to remove their shortcomings.
  • Step Eight: Addicts create a list of all of the people they have harmed during the course of their addiction; they realize they must willingly make amends to everyone harmed.
  • Step Nine: Addicts take the steps to make the direct amends where they can. The exception is when the amends could actually cause injury to themselves or to others.
  • Step Ten: Addicts continue on their path to take personal inventories and readily admit when they are wrong.
  • Step Eleven: Addicts use prayer and meditation in order to improve their relationship with the higher power; seeking out knowledge of the higher power’s will for them and also the power for them to do the higher power’s will during their recovery process.
  • Step Twelve: Addicts come to the understanding that they have had a spiritual awakening as a result of following the twelve steps. They work to put the principles into action in all aspects of their lives and also work towards carrying the sobriety message to other alcoholics that may need guidance.

The way in which 12-step programs are run can vary greatly based upon the needs of the addicts.
Getting rehab help prior to attending meetings can help you to address your alcoholism or drug addiction while also effectively working on underlying causes for your addiction. Even someone dedicated to the twelve steps can find her or himself slipping back into addiction unless all problems are addressed.

Getting Addiction Help

Give us a call to our 24 hour toll-free helpline. Our counselors can provide you with the addiction help that you are looking for. They also have a wide range of resources that can help you find a 12-step meeting. Meetings are held all over the country; however, it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to find the perfect meeting for your unique addiction concerns.

Talk in confidence to our counselors; they can help to answer your questions and get you the addiction help that you need to have the life that you deserve.