To make amends, you must do more than just make apologies for your past behavior. Instead, making amends means you apologize for what you’ve done and make it right. Similarly, making living amends means you completely change the way you live and remain committed to that lifestyle.
Category: Twelve Steps
Feelings of resentment can be toxic when they’re allowed to fester and grow. The Big Book itself states, “Resentment is the number one offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else.” As a result, it’s important for people in recovery to take notice of resentment, use it as a learning tool, and handle it healthily to put it to rest.
The 12-Step Program is popular among people in recovery, as are sober living programs. But what’s the difference between the two types of recovery support programs and which is best for you? In this blog, we’ll compare a 12-Step Programs vs. sober living program to help you find an answer.
The final step of the 12-Step Program requires you to carry the message to others and put the principles of the program into practice every day of your life. To help you learn how to do this, we’ll review this step in more detail below.
Are you working Step 11 of the 12-Step Program? This step focuses on deepening your connection with your Higher Power as you cultivate your spirituality through the practice of prayer, meditation, or some other type of spiritual practice.
Step 10 of the 12-Step Program serves as a reminder that people in recovery are still human. They’re not perfect, and they’re going to make mistakes. Step 10 is a maintenance step. It asks that you watch for emotions that have the potential to trigger drug or alcohol abuse and make things right when you make a mistake.
After you make a list of the people you have wronged in Step 9, you’ll move on to Step 9 of the 12-Step Program, which is making direct or indirect amends. For many people, Step 9 is one of the most difficult of the 12 Steps because it’s hard to set things right, especially with those you’ve hurt in the past. However, as difficult as it is, this step is a vital part of the healing process.
While working Step 8 of the 12-Step Program, you’re going to make a list of the people you have wronged and the specific ways you have harmed each one. Doing this can be difficult and facing the wreckage of your past is never easy. But with the right support, you can make it through this step and onto the next.
Step 6 of the 12-Step Program requires courage, humility, and perseverance to achieve. Instead of just quitting drinking or saying you’ll stop using drugs, this step requires you to become willing to completely change your life by addressing the underlying causes of your addiction.
Once you’ve worked Step 4 of the 12-Step Program and you’ve made an inventory of your behavior, the next step is to bring those things to your higher power and another human being. This brings us to Step 5. Once you’ve worked Step 4 of the 12-Step Program and you’ve made an inventory of your […]
After you decide to put your life into the hands of your Higher Power, the next step (Step 4 of the 12-Step Program) is to make a moral inventory of yourself and your life. To do this, you must also be willing to accept what you discover and clean up your life to make space […]
Step 3 of the 12-Step Program is all about surrender and spirituality. Although every step can be challenging in its own way, Step 3 may be particularly difficult for some people. So, how do you start working on Step 3 and what does that look like practically in your everyday life? Below, we’ll provide a […]
The second step of the 12-Step Program is a challenging one because it is often mistakenly read as a religious directive. However, when you take a deeper look, this step is much more about what a higher power can do for us and less about who or what that higher power is. The second step […]
Updated on August 10th, 2020 Getting sober isn’t easy because it’s difficult to admit that you have a problem, let alone that you’re powerless to alcohol or drugs. However, this is exactly what Step 1 of the 12-Step Program asks of us. What Are the 12 Steps? Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over […]