Twelve-step groups are a popular and effective tool for addiction recovery. The 12-step format helps people to quit their addictions and to maintain sobriety while being surrounded by mentors and friends in the process. Many 12-step groups are conducted on a drop-in basis, so you can come when you need to. You’ll find 12-step groups run by programs like Alcoholics Anonymous across the country and even around the world, meaning that you can have a steady support system no matter where you travel.
In summary, the 12 Steps are:
- Admitting powerlessness over the addiction
- Believing in a power greater than yourself that can promote healing (which does not have to be a religious if you don’t want it to be; a “greater power” can be the power of the group or of the universe)
- Placing yourself in the hands of that greater power
- Taking a thorough moral inventory of yourself
- Admitting your wrongdoing to the greater power, to yourself and to another person
- Acknowledging readiness to heal
- Asking your greater power for the strength to resolve your shortcomings
- Making a list of people who were harmed by your addiction and being willing to make amends to each one
- Making amends to those who were harmed by your addiction, except when doing so would inflict harm upon them, yourself or others
- Continuing to take a thorough moral inventory and quickly admitting to wrongdoing
- Connecting with the greater power for strength of character and will
- Passing the message of hope to other people struggling with addiction
Programs that follow the 12-step format are available for people struggling with addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, food and nicotine. Additionally, programs are available that cater to the loved ones of addicts, who often benefit from the supportive environment that a 12-step group provides.
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