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12 Steps and other programs of action for sobriety

Step 12: Pass It On

Step 12: Pass It On

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Twelve reads: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.  A man…

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Step 11: Conscious Contact

Step 11: Conscious Contact

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Eleven reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry…

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Step 10: Daily Inventory

Step 10: Daily Inventory

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Ten reads: Continue to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. At this point in working the Twelve Steps, it starts to feel like they have transformed…

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Step 9: Making Amends

Step 9: Making Amends

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Nine reads: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. A Giant Step I decided to get sober in early May…

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Step 8: The List

Step 8: The List

A Twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step Eight reads: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. The List of All Persons We Had Harmed Why…

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Step 7: Humility and Good Intentions

Step 7: Humility and Good Intentions

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 7 reads: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. Higher Power Revisited In Step Two we acknowledge there is a power greater than our individual self. This higher power might…

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Step 6: Ready and Willing

Step 6: Ready and Willing

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 6 reads: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. My Defects of Character As I have worked the 12 steps, it has become abundantly clear…

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Step 5: Sharing Our Life Story

Step 5: Sharing Our Life Story

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 5 reads: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. The fourth step, creating our inventory, follows directly into the fifth step. Simply…

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Taoism in Recovery

Taoism in Recovery

Taoism and recovery from addiction are like peas in a pod. When I began doing the 12 steps with my sponsor, I became fixated on the idea that I needed to define my higher power in order to believe in it. The closest thing that I have found to a higher power that I can really get behind is the Tao.  Many years ago in college, I read some books on Taoism, but it didn’t really sync in until I began the…

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Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery

Here is my first suggestion for those interested in recovery from addiction and Buddhism. It’s a recovery community called Refuge Recovery: http://www.refugerecovery.org/ This is from the About section of the website: Refuge Recovery: Is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those…

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Step 4: Inventory

Step 4: Inventory

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 4 reads: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Before I share my experience with the moral inventory, I must say something of great importance. If you are…

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Yoga and Recovery

Yoga and Recovery

In my own recovery, I tend to embrace whatever the world has to offer to help me stop drinking. Since I am an active member of a 12-step group, I try very hard not to misrepresent its principles and to respect its traditions. If you have a desire to quit drinking, the first thing that I will recommend is to go to a 12-step meeting. That being said, I would encourage you to make an attempt to incorporate yoga, or some other program of physical…

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