The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped thousands of addicts to overcome their self-destructive lifestyle. Unfortunately, the violent clutch of chemical dependence is not to be escaped without effort. In fact, successfully utilizing the 12 Steps during rehab requires a complete commitment to its principles:
- Release Ego: It is common for addicts to harbor a sense of invincibility and total self-reliance. This is a natural consequence of rationalizing the self-defeating tendencies that accompany addiction. However, this sense of ego comes in complete contradiction with many of the 12 Steps. The first two steps, for example, require participants to admit that their lives have spiraled out of control and that the influence of a higher power is needed to restore a healthy mind. Additionally, steps eight and nine involve acknowledging wrongdoing and apologizing to those harmed. This process cannot be completed when a patient is held back by his or her own arrogance.
- Learn Honesty: The fourth step of the A.A. system challenges addicts to perform a “arching and fearless moral inventory.” Continuing in denial about the extent of an addiction makes this practice impossible. Furthermore, the benefits of apologizing to others are counter-productive if these amends are not made with a genuine heart. Unfortunately, the addict’s lifestyle encourages rampant dishonesty. Breaking these negative habits can be extremely difficult without the help of a professional rehabilitation program.
- Maintain Diligence: For many, the battle against addiction is a life-long endeavor. The final step of the program encourages participants to maintain good health. Volunteering time to teach other addicts the 12 Steps is an extremely helpful strategy for remaining sober. Likewise, becoming a sponsor reinforces the importance the 12 Steps by creating a sense of accountability.
Adopting the 12 Steps without help can be extremely difficult. Working through a professional alcohol rehabilitation program at the Roque Center can help you put your life back on track. Dial (714) 839-0607 today to change your life for good.