Reading recovery literature and reflecting on it is a huge part of my daily routine. I am subscribed to a mailing list from Hazelden, and I have several meditation books that I love. In addition, I read the books that are the foundation of my 12 step groups.
I actually believe that recovery is for everybody not just those with addictions. We are all recovering from something because this life is not easy. Everybody needs support and help along the way. I said to my therapist one day:
Me: It seems to me that everybody would benefit from these things we do in Recovery. Why wouldn’t everybody do this stuff?
My Therapist: It would be better for everybody to do those things. It’s just that your natural coping strategy is one that will kill you. Other people will just be less than happy if they are not doing those things to stay connected.
In fact, almost every spiritual path recommends the core recovery habits recommended in 12-step fellowships. The 12 steps were based on biblical principles, and is really a simple (but not easy) process that follows what God’s Word says for everyone to do to be spiritually healthy. Think of it is a project plan for healing from addictions, codependency and other hurts, habits and hang-ups.
I thought I would write mid-week about some recovery topic taken from literature that I have found helpful. It would be a good thing for me to journal about, and I hope you might get something out of it as well.
Today, I’ll leave you with the steps that started it all from Alcoholics Anonymous:
THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. 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, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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