What are the 12 steps in the big book?

The 12 Steps was initiated in the 1930s as a way to overcome the onslaught of alcohol addiction. Although the 12 Steps are based on spiritual principles, many non-religious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs. Because recovery is a lifelong process, there’s no wrong way to approach the 12 Steps as the participant tries to figure out what works best for their individual needs. In fact, most participants find that as they grow in their recovery they will need to revisit some steps or even tackle more than one step at a time. Steps 1, 2, and 3 are considered the foundation of a 12-Step program and are recommended to practice daily.

This version of the 12 Step program below is an adaptation from the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and is intended for general use for those coping with addictive or dysfunctional behavior.

The 12 Steps

Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood God
Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Step 8 – Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it
Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out
Step 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

Florida Center for Recovery incorporates a number of leading addiction treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Motivational Interviewing, The GORSKI-CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy and Intensive Family Therapy to a client’s recovery plan. It is the integration of these modalities along with the 12-steps that have helped many of our clients and alumni find long-term, successful recovery. Our drug and alcohol rehab programs are personal and caring. It is this personalized approach that provides each of our clients with specific solutions for the various problems developed during one’s addiction.

Addiction treatment and the 12-steps lay the foundation for many individuals in recovery. It is working the steps that have helped many in building the strong structure needed for a successful recovery. The individual’s commitment to the program, and to the steps, determine how strong one’s recovery structure will be. It is often said that “Willingness is when the pain of life is greater than the fear of change.” The Steps are a program of living; a program for life. When applied properly, the program stays with its participants long after each one leaves the protected environment of the Florida Center for Recovery. Alcohol and drug treatment is about discovery, the steps are about Recovery!

The 12-Steps can be one’s guiding light to recovery, encouraging one’s untapped inner strength to overcome once and for all the addictive behavior that has taken control of the individual’s life.

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