How Can Twelve Steps Help You To Break Free From Addiction?

Community: Twelve Steps

The first 12 Steps program was the fellowship founded in 1935. It was Alcoholics Anonymous rehabilitation program. Since then, it has developed continuously, and now it offers solutions for any kind of addiction, including programs for behavioral addictions and dually-diagnosed persons. The meetings for addicts take place in support groups.

It is quite difficult to estimate how many people exactly attend support groups, because of the main principle of the 12 Steps organizations: anonymity. Likewise, the success rates are estimated on the basis of anonymous surveys, organized by the groups themselves. Regardless, the importance of Twelve Steps programs keeps increasing. Nowadays, Twelve Steps programs are held worldwide, while the basic text laying out the Twelve Steps recovery program has been translated into many languages. Interestingly, about 74% rehabilitation centers were using Twelve Steps programs in their recovery programs, as of 2016.

Twelve Steps Programs

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (our addiction)–that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued to take a personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. We 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.
12. 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.

Addicts find these principles and 12 Steps recovery programs helpful because of various reasons. Some find their faith or stop using substances due to their faith and prayers. Others stop feeling alone when they attend support groups or get the sense of community taking part in group activities. Others socialize and find friends having a common goal of leaving their addiction behind.

The main ways to successful recovery proved to be commitment and attendance. The more support group meetings you attend, the higher the chances that you will break free from your addiction.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64351/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2613294/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3753023/