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12 Step Program Addiction, The First Five Steps

Everyone’s heard of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, but what do they really mean?  Though structure is not enough to solve every single case of drug or alcohol dependency, there are certainly enough accounts of success in california rehab centers that make the 12 steps of AA truly worth trying. Let’s take a closer look at the first five steps

1.We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.

For most addicts who enter 30 day rehab programs, the power of choice has totally vanished and willpower becomes non-existent. When we admit our powerlessness and the inability to manage our own lives, we open the door to recovery.

2.Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

The only guidelines are that this Power be loving, caring and stronger than ourselves. A person doesn’t have to be religious to accept this idea.

3.Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

A common recovery phrase heard in long term drug rehabilitation, is “Turn it over.” For the recovering person, it means turning over every aspect of life to a higher power – whatever you understand that to be.

4.Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

This means taking stock honestly of our flaws. Perhaps for the first time in our lives. 

5.Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

The fifth step is not easy but allows us to live clean in the here and now by setting us free to live in truth.

These are just the first five steps, in some ways the most difficult, but there is much more knowledge to come in the following steps. Visit again to read more in the coming weeks, or get alcohol addiction help now, by contacting us.

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