07 Jun Working Through the 12 Steps of AA
Working Through the 12 Steps of AA
There are multiple rehab centers in New Mexico that are equipped to help people overcome addictions. Once a patient commits to being treated, usually, a period of detox is the first step on the route of sobriety. Then, whether in-patient or out, the odds are a 12 step addiction program will be implemented for ongoing treatment. Many people know about AA but few actually know what the 12 steps are and how to work through them.
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
The Twelve Steps are a set of guiding principles in the ongoing treatment of addiction. These steps help lay out a course of action for overcoming problems dealing with alcohol and drug addiction.
Step 1: The first steps boil down to admitting there is a problem that you are powerless over. To accomplish this, you have to come to terms that alcohol or drugs have taken over your life. It’s being able to say, “My life is unmanageable right now and I’ve lost the ability to control my drinking/drug use.”
Step 2: Working through step two includes putting faith into a higher power, be it God or the universe. It’s accepting a power greater than yourself is able to restore your sobriety and overall sanity again
Step 3: Once you’ve accepted there is a greater power at work in Step 2, this step piggybacks on it. At this point, you have to make the decision to turn over your will and life to this higher power. Many will call it God, others the universe or even karma, but any belief system works.
Step 4: This step involves some soul searching. The recovering addict must dig deep and take an honest moral inventory of him or herself. Take time to write down shortcomings, strengths, weaknesses and more to gauge where you need to improve.
Step 5: Step five is admitting to God, or the higher power that we have wronged others and ourselves. It’s owning mistakes and not making excuses for them any longer. This step is difficult for many, as it involves thinking about years of past difficulties, pain and mistakes. This is also the first time to share these stories with a sponsor.
Step 6: Step six says, “We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” Meaning, with the effort from a higher power, the addict can work toward shifting his thinking and outlook on life. This alteration in attitude and perception will lead the addict in a more positive direction.
Step 7: Steps 6 and 7 are quite similar. In both, the person working the steps is asking for help from a higher power. They are asking God, or said power, to take away their shortcomings so they can lead a better life. It’s humbly asking for this higher power to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8: This step is one of the more difficult ones. Again, it requires digging deep and making a list of all persons we had harmed. The second part of this step includes being willing and ready to make amends to them all.
Step 9: Now that your list is in place, it’s time to make direct amends with those you’ve wronged. That doesn’t mean a text message or a letter in the mail – in person is preferable. Step nine will be one of the most heart-wrenching and difficult for most. It is quite rewarding and will feel like a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders once it’s done.
Step 10: With so much work under your belt and progress made by now, it’s time to circle back around. Step 10 wants you to continue taking a personal inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. It also asks for you to admit when you’re wrong right away and own mistakes in the present.
Step 11: The Eleventh Step is where a person strengthens his commitment to becoming a better person by practicing self-restraint, meditation, and prayer. Building a stronger relationship with the Greater Power is the key to working through this step.
Step 12: The final step asks the recovering addict to essentially “pay it forward.” This step encourages the person to become selfless in helping others. While this step may be challenging, it inspires a recovering addict to become more responsible. It simply helps a person find a new purpose in life that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol.
New Mexico drug rehab clinics are available to help you or your loved one detox and work the 12 steps. If you are looking for an Albuquerque alcohol rehab, ViewPoint Rehabilitation Center is here to answer your questions or assist you in overcoming your addiction. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (877) 723-1243.