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Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. After you have honestly expressed willingness to have the negative items from your inventory removed in Step 6, you are ready to give them away in Step7. What do they mean humbly asked Him? To ”humbly ask” is a natural move after taking step 6 and to acknowledge that we cannot remove these shortcomings of our own power. We are approaching this step right sized. There is no humiliation here, only humility, which is a positive attitude towards our self and our lives. When I complete this step will I no…

Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character.

Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character. After sharing your inventory in step 5 it is now time to use what I like to call “the power steps” , 6 and 7 , to get rid of these objectionable items. Step 6 is about drawing out the willingness to give them up. Once again willingness is the key. When you can look back and see that you were given freedom from alcohol/drugs or whatever the obsession, maybe now you can believe that God can take the defects of character as well. If…

Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step Five:  Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Having honestly written down some hard truths about ourselves in step 4, it may seem like a useless exercise in beating ourselves up for past resentments and  mistakes made. That might be true if not for the steps that follow .  Step 5 is the first part of the solution to these things we now have put on paper.   What are the exact nature of my wrongs? These are the things you wrote down in your 4th step inventory. Resentments, fears,…

Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step Four:  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory  of ourselves. After making a decision to turn to God, as you understand him, turning your will and your life is the beginning of the path  through the rest of the 12 steps.  Step 4 is about complete  self- examination. One important thing to remember as you move forward is that it will not work very well doing this on your own, without guidance. That is where a sponsor comes in.  A sponsor is someone who has the experience of having gone through the steps so they are able to help…

Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step Two:  Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. After admitting powerlessness over Alcohol in step 1, there may be no other option for an alcoholic at this point other than step 2. Does this mean that I have to believe in God in order to take this step? Willingness is what is required to take this step. If you have no belief what so ever in a higher power or even if you believe in God but think that God no longer believes in you, this is all fine. All that is…

Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Again the steps are being used for just about any compulsion you could think of. For simplicity we will mostly focus on the original 12 step program, Alcoholics Anonymous. If I am powerless over something, doesn’t that mean there is nothing I can do about it? Yes. That’s right. If you are an Alcoholic (powerless over alcohol) or an addict (powerless over drugs) or for that matter in many cases powerless over both, this is acknowledging that once you start to drink or use…

What are the Twelve Steps?

There is a good chance you have heard them mentioned before. Especially if this is not your first time in treatment. If your counselor suggests that when you  leave treatment you should check out a support group, it is very likely the steps will be a part of that group. Who put the 12 steps together? As a short introduction let me give you a little background on the 12 steps.  In the mid 1930’s , an alcoholic stock broker and a physician who could not stay stopped, found a way to stay sober together. Where can the steps be…

Exploring Christianity When Getting Clean and Sober

The task of getting clean and sober is not a simple one. Whether you struggle with addiction to drugs or to alcohol, overcoming that addiction can be daunting. The task is that much harder when you try to go it alone. Perhaps, this is why many people explore Christianity during the road to recovery. Twelve Steps and Higher Power Many twelve step or counseling programs talk about belief in a higher power. While most twelve step programs don’t name that power, for many it is the God of Christianity that comes to mind. Addiction recovery programs remind us that the…

Getting an Education While in Early Recovery

During early recovery, it is important to continue to work toward self-improvement, and one of your main concerns may be how to successfully get an education. This is especially true for those who are currently enrolled in high school or college programs that may make it hard to experience a gap in enrollment. Since your education is important for your overall well being, here are a few things to consider about continuing your education during recovery. Decide if Going to School is Best For Your Recovery Early recovery is a time when it is important to focus on finding ways…