How does 12 steps group work

How does 12 steps group work

The addiction disease is a serious problem for the individual, the family, and society. It is a disease that is chronic, recurring, and whose negative effects on the person lead to, sometimes, a very serious deterioration in the overall functioning of a person. Although there is skepticism among laymen, when the success is in treating the addiction disease, the practice shows that combined psychotherapy with the use of the 12 Step Program provides very good results. It helped numerous people with various addictions.

groupThe 12-step program was designed in Akron, Ohio, on August 11, 1938 (although there were data that it was June 10, 1935, when Dr. Bob had drunk his last drink) by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. Bill Wilson, known as Bill W. thanks to his engagement in the Program, was named by Time Magazine as “one of the most important people of the 20th century”. Wilson described his experience of despair, hopelessness, and depression after many years of distress with alcohol, when he was lying in bed with God, and then, in complete desperation, he experienced enlightenment and new hope for help. Then he realized that there must be some spiritual, spiritual principles that help fight alcoholism. He introduced these principles to the Program, together with Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon. He did not drink until the end of his life in 1971, full 37 years.

Through the Program, a person becomes acquainted with the addiction, he/she admits the problem. Because giving up on addiction leaves an existential emptiness in the person’s life, spiritual elements are introduced which are not strictly religious so that a person can explore and choose the spiritual principles that best suit him/her, and which are achieved through group work. Then a person in a secure environment becomes acquainted with himself, with his faults and virtues for which he assumes responsibility, as he takes responsibility for his relationship with other people, especially to those who he hurt through the phase of addiction. In this way, they gain empathy, altruism, responsibility, and real insight into themselves.

Steps towards your recovery

Steps towards your recovery

Like every recovery program, during your treatment, you will also have a list of steps that you need to take to get closer to your recovery. Here I listed those steps, so read them carefully and with understanding because everyone is equally important for you.

  1. Acknowledge that you have a problem – admit to yourself that you are powerless over sex and that it is making your life unmanageable.
  2. Believe that with the help of professionals and member of your support group you will get better. God will show you away. Believe in your support system.
  3. You need to turn to your support system and immerse yourself.
  4. Make an overview of your moral actions in your life.
  5. 12-steps-to-recoveryYou need to confess to yourself, to others, to your support system all the things you did wrong.
  6. Now, you also need to forgive yourself and keep in mind all the paths that lead you to those wrongdoings.
  7. Become aware of the shortcomings that you have and work your way into reducing and removing them.
  8. Think about all the people that were hurt by your actions. Write a list. Make your amends.
  9. Discuss what your sexual addiction has done not just to you but to those around you. You don’t need just to make amends; you need to realize your actions completely. This step is the hardest one. But keep in mind – you cant make amends to those who will be hurt even more by that.
  10. Continue on your path to a better person. Analyse your actions, thing about moral consequences that you psychologically and socially lived trough. Find your deep reasons for change and commit to it.
  11. Seek guidance, prayer or meditation. You need to overcome the lust you feel.
  12. Soul searching has never completed the process, but when a certain state is achieved, you will be better. Ok even. And then you will be ready to help other people. This step is quite important. You will not just be your voice of reason, but you will be that to someone else also.