In a nutshell, step 11 instructs you to uncover God's purpose for your life as you understand him and to acquire the ability to carry it out. AA claims to be non-religious yet spiritual in nature, and that its cornerstone is for members to find a greater purpose or higher power. The first part of step 11 asks you to think about all that you have learned about yourself and others by walking through the steps of the program. Has learning this information changed your thinking about alcohol or other drugs? If so, then you have found a purpose for your life.
Step 11 also asks you to examine your beliefs about drinking and addiction. Are these beliefs based on fact or fiction? Is drinking really that bad for you? Does addiction mean losing everything? Step 11 wants you to look at the whole picture- not just at what you see when you drink alcohol or use drugs, but also at the long-term effects of your behavior. It is important to remember that alcoholism and drug abuse are chronic conditions that require treatment over an extended period of time.
Finally, step 11 asks you to make a plan for living your life according to your understanding of reality and your relationship with alcohol or other drugs. This step is very important because it allows you to put into practice what you have learned throughout the program.
Regardless of your spiritual views, the 12 steps are meant to help you recover from drug or alcohol addiction and achieve long-term sobriety. Step 4 of the 12-step program is to conduct a thorough and courageous moral assessment. This is one of the most difficult, but also one of the most crucial, phases. Here you look at your own behavior to see if it's been clean and honest over time. You ask yourself questions about every aspect of your life: friends, family, work, school, finances, etc.
This step is necessary because alcoholism and other addictions can creep into any part of your life. For example, someone who has alcohol problems may drink themselves into an early grave. Or they might be actively taking drugs throughout their recovery. Either way, until you examine your own actions carefully, you won't be able to make informed decisions about other people's behaviors.
The goal of this step is to become aware of any issues that need to be addressed before you can move on to the next stage of recovery. So keep working at it!
Asking ourselves "How have my choices reflected my values?" helps us determine what role alcohol or other substances played in our lives and how we can live our lives differently in the future. It's important to note that just because you were drunk or using drugs does not necessarily mean that you are living according to negative values.
"Admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the full nature of our wrongs," says the fifth step. "We admit to God when we pray or talk with other alcoholics about our problems and need for help. We admit to ourselves by writing down our weaknesses and pleading for help."
The last step is talking with another alcoholic. You can do this in many ways: through meetings, online forums, in person at an Al-Anon house event, etc. The important thing is that you find someone who understands what you are going through and will listen to you without judging you.
AA believes that sharing your story and getting feedback from others who have been through similar things can be very helpful. It may not seem like it now, but you were probably not the only person addicted to alcohol or drugs. There must be others out there who have gone through what you are going through right now. And even if they don't have a formal program, they might still be able to give you some advice about how to get through this phase of your life.
Asking for help is not something that people learn just by reading about it in a book. It takes practice to become good at it.
We confessed that we had no control over booze and that our lives had become chaotic. Step 2: Convinced ourselves that a force higher than ourselves might restore us to sanity. Step 3: Decided to submit our will and life to God as we understood Him. (This is called "faith.") Step 4: Made a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of God as revealed in His son Jesus Christ.
Step 5: Turned our lives over to the care of God as revealed in His son Jesus Christ. Step 6: Asked God to remove all stains from our soul so that we may be pure before Him. Step 7: Started reading the Bible daily and praying regularly.
Step 8: Spent time with God through prayer and meditation.
Step 9: Went to church every week and observed Sunday as a day of worship and rest.
Step 10: Filled our hearts with love and compassion for others.
Step 11: Lived a good life and tried not to sin anymore.
Step 12: When we died and came into heaven, we would be given new bodies that would never die. Heaven is where you go after you die.
12 Actions The 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous follows a series of principles known as "steps" toward recovery, which members can revisit at any time. The 12 steps are as follows: We confessed that we had no control over booze and that our lives had become chaotic. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol - that our drinking had become a real problem for us. We came to believe that there was a greater power at work here than ourselves, and we made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to this power.
So the first two steps deal with admitting our problem and accepting help. The next two steps discuss how our minds and emotions affect our drinking (or drug use) - they're called "the three evils" or "the three stages of addiction". Steps four through nine focus on changing our behavior to make it easier for us to live sober. Step 10 explains that keeping these changes going requires "support and faith", so step 11 introduces the idea of a community of people who support each other as they try to stay sober.
In step 12, we realize that while we may be able to handle our own problems right now, eventually we'll need help, and we ask others for assistance.
This is just a brief overview of the program. For more information, you can read some of the many books about AA online or contact your local AA meeting for more details.
Step 3 teaches us to get out of our own way, to comprehend, and to surrender our will to whatever power it takes to move us into recovery. It is about accepting that we require a force greater than ourselves to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. 14th March, 2019: Dr Vikram Kumar.