Journey Through The Twelve Steps
About this Course
The 12-step program is based on a set of principles that supports individuals suffering from alcohol use by offering specific action steps.
The original 12-step method of recovery from alcoholism, was first published by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939 in the book Alcoholic Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism.
Later, many programs including drug addiction, codependency, compulsion, and depression were initiated based on the same principles in which recovery discusses the effects of addiction on someone’s physical, mental, social and spiritual health and how to recover from these consequences gradually through an action plan.
The 12 Steps According to Alcoholics Anonymous
- Admit powerlessness: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Find hope: Believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Surrender: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him to be.
- Take inventory: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Share inventory: Admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Become ready: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Ask God: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- List amends: Make a list of all those we have harmed and make amends to them all.
- Make amends: Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continue inventory: Take a personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- Pray and meditate: Through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious and connect with God. We do this to understand Him, praying only for His knowledge will give us the power to carry that out.
- Help others: Having a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles.
This course is open and accessible for anyone who is recovering from substance use disorders, depression, eating disorders and codependence. It also benefit to those whose loved one is suffering from any chronic psychiatric or physical illness.
Moreover, an article from the Addiction Research and Theory Journal concluded that the individuals who fully abstain from substances (as recommended by 12-step programs) tend to attain better, long term mental health outcomes compared to those who continue to use the substances.
The 12-step approach enables the people struggling with addiction to let go of the addictions, fully embrace the recovery process and live a happier life characterized by healthier habits.