Continuing our deeper look into the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the basis of 12 step recovery programs, steps 6-12 provide a strong foundation for a recovering addict to move from humiliation and despair into a healthy new life free of drugs and alcohol. Read on for more FAQs on rehab and recovery los angeles, Picking up from the sixth step:
6. We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
When we are working this step we remember that we are human and should not place unrealistic expectations on ourselves.
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Step 7 is similar to step 3, but is more specific. We have completed our personal inventory and have a better idea of the roots the addictive behaviors we learned we had when we sought drug rehab help.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Step 8 is the beginning of making amends, of healing the past with others.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
When we make amends to those we have harmed, we pay back debts. We apologize and do things to help heal the damage that we have done.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
Step 10 lays the foundation for the rest of our lives.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power.
Step 11 provides us with daily spiritual maintenance.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs
We move from the despair of addiction to a state where we act as instruments of our Higher Power and live by example.
Practicing these steps is a life-long commitment, but taking the first step is the most important. If you or someone you love is seeking affordable alcohol rehab or drug treatment, please contact us.