So you think that you might be interested in or desperate
for (or somewhere in-between) working a 12 step program?
you get started?
1. Review Step 1
Get acquainted with at least the first step.
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about the 12 step program.
2. Find a Meeting
Find a face-to-face
meeting in your area. There should be people
those meetings with varying levels of experience, sobriety
wisdom. Don't be afraid of going. You may be amazed at the
reception that you find. Many people have said that they
felt like they were coming home when they went to a meeting.
They no longer felt alone. Other good resources are online meetings or
online social networks for recovery. They may be a little
personal, but oftentimes are more convenient, especially if
there are not face-to-face meetings in your local area for
type of addiction. Our favorite online recovery website is
at InTheRooms.com. There is always
online there for fellowship and they have many great
3. Find a Sponsor
Do your best to find a sponsor or at least
someone with whom you can have accountability. You will
have to go to a few meetings and/or join some online social
networks for recovery, ask a few questions and see who might
available and willing to be a sponsor or accountability
Use your best judgment in finding someone who will help you
your program of recovery.
4. Work the Steps
Work the steps of the program, beginning
step 1. Your sponsor or others in a meeting should be able
help you with this. There are also resources and tools on
website and other websites for helping you to work the
There are 12 step
worksheets for helping you to write out the steps.
software for recovery, organizing your approach for
answering questions about each step. There are online references for some
standard texts like the Alcoholics Anonymous'
Big Book. And there are numerous links to other web sites that
cover different aspects of recovery, for different types of
addictions and with different perspectives.
5. The Sooner the Better
The sooner that you start asking yourself the right
and giving yourself honest answers, the better your life
be. The sooner that you begin working the steps, then the
that you can see the 12
promises come about in your life,
others before you.