The 12 steps of recovery definitely do not work if you don't work them as designed. When someone who is working the 12 steps relapses, one can go back and usually discovered one of the following "don't"s or "do" s has occurred. So it is NOT that the steps and Fellowship doesn't work, it is that someone has wandered off and started to do "their own thing" which of course folks with addictions are known to do from time to time. SO, the 12 steps of recovery don't work and deliver full recovery -
- if you don’t work ALL the 12 steps . . .
- if you don’t have a sponsor & USE the sponsor . . .
- if you don’t sponsor others on a regular basis . . .
- if you don’t go to 12-step Fellowship Meetings (such as AA/NA/CA/SA etc.) . . .
- if you don’t engage the members before, during, & after the meetings that you go to . . .
- if you don’t use the 12 steps you have learned on an on-going basis thru out your life . . .
- if you don’t actively surrender to the Higher Power who will reveal Himself to you as you do step-work . . .
- if you do continue being your own higher power . . .
- if you do the 12 steps cafeteria style (pick and choose what you will and won’t do) , . .
- if you do hold onto resentments, unforgiveness, and bitterness once you understand how to release them . . .
- if you do become complacent about need for a sponsor, the Fellowship, a Higher Power, & sponsoring others . . .
Please feel free to add your comments about how the 12-steps of recovery don't work . . . God bless you in your
journey into recovery.
Christopher J. Daniel, LPC
I want to wish a happy mid-summer greetings to my followers! God bless you and thank you for your interest in www.3rdstepcounseling.com. Today I just rolled out my "solutions to addictions" section which is a partial list of my thoughts, experiences, and training on how to overcome chemical addictions. Please feel free to give me your own thoughts and feedback here in the comment section of this blog!
For more complete understanding of my thoughts about the dynamics behind addiction and recovery, I encourage you to buy my book - "THE LITTLE BOOK - Alcoholism, Drug Addiction & Recovery Made Simple!" at http://www.3rdstepcounseling.com/store.html. In 81 pgs you will have more understanding of the dynamics of addiction and of recovery than most mental health counselors.
Look forward to your feedback and comments on this section and/or any other part of our website or about "The Little Book" itself! Take care and God bless you on your journey to recovery and/or helping others to do the same!
Christopher J. Daniel, LPC
"Recovery" versus "sobriety" (from excerpts in "The Little Book - Alcoholism, Drug Addiction & Recovery Made Simple!")
I am publishing my first eBook today. It's a great little book, if I may say so myself! - "The Little Book - Alcoholism, Drug Addiction & Recovery Made Simple!". In it I explain the difficult and confusing subject of alcoholism/drug addiction and recovery from it in every day common language. After this short 2-hour read, you will understand the “what” and “how” of these addictions and the solution to recovery. I also explain the little nuances that have prevented you or your loved one from recovering, as well as how to overcome these and move forward into recovery. You will learn:
- the difference between recovery and sobriety.
- The difference between “obsession” and “cravings” for alcohol/drugs.
- the difference between an “85%er” and a “15%er” and how this affects recovery.
- about the hazards of cross addiction and its effects on recovery.
- how accidental relapse occurs.
- how all the “pieces” of recovery work together to ensure complete recovery.
- how to help your family in the midst of the chaos and destruction of addiction.
- and much, much, more . . .
Christopher James Daniel, LPC.