12 Step Recovery

The 12 step recovery programme is a formula to arrest a variety of compulsive addictive behaviours. The programme has been extremely succesful in the matter of food, gambling,drug and alcohol addictions. More recently it has proved effective in addressing relationship and people addcitions and co-dependancy.

The 12 steps are a process of spiritual awakening and evolution leading the sufferer away from the illness of addiction towards a greater understanding of self and opening a pathway to a communion with the Universal spirit or God of your understanding. The programme invites you to chose your own concept of a higher power but accepting a power greater than youself is essential in the continuing succees of the rehabilitation process.

The first meeting of any 12 step group took place in June 1935 in Akron, Ohio, USA during a talk between a New York Stockbroker (Bill Wilson) and an Akron physician (Bob Smith). Almost immediately a strict tradition of anonymity was afforded subsequent members.

It is considered by many of us that the 12 steps were inspired writing, channelled from  whatever the understanding of God means to the individual. It was most certainly 'heaven sent'. The suggested formula of the 12 step programme has remained virtually unchanged in 80 years.

Known universally as The serenity Prayer its content and sentiment epitomises the essential message of any 12 step recovery programme.

God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change

The courage to change the things we can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Throughout the world and in more than 40 languages twelve step prgrammes and rehabilitation continue to restore people's lives and is not neccessarily for those who need it but NEVER fails to work for those who WANT it.

I have personal experience of working within various 12 step porgrammes.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for those addicted to Alcohol.
Alanon for the siblings, parents and children of Alcoholics. 
Adult Children of Alcoholics. A.C.O.A.
Alateen
for the children of Alcoholics.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for those addicted to drugs.
Co-dependents Anonymous (CoDA) for those addicted to people and/or relationships.

The above fellowships and dozens more dealing with different issues are easily accesible on line along with their local contacts. membership is free and managed by others who are like wise recovering in the proramme.

Men and women come together in fellowship to share their hope and experience with each other that they may solve their common problems.

The only requirement for memebrship is that the individual has a desire to become well again. The fellowships are self supporting finacially by the members own contributions.

None of the fellowships are connected or influenced by any religion, politics or any manner of organisation and will not support or oppose any cause.

The only purpose of any 12 step fellowship is to get well and form a bridge to normal living free of the illness of addiction and dysfuctional behaviour.