So you think that you might be interested in or desperate
for (or somewhere in-between) working a 12 step program? How do
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 in
those meetings with varying levels of experience, sobriety and
wisdom. Don't be afraid of going. You may be amazed at the warm
reception that you find. Many people have said that they finally
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 less
personal, but oftentimes are more convenient, especially if
there are not face-to-face meetings in your local area for your
type of addiction. Our favorite online recovery website is at InTheRooms.com. There is always someone
online there for fellowship and they have many great resources.
3. Find a Sponsor
Do your best to find a sponsor or at least
someone with whom you can have accountability. You will probably
have to go to a few meetings and/or join some online social
networks for recovery, ask a few questions and see who might be
available and willing to be a sponsor or accountability partner.
Use your best judgment in finding someone who will help you work
your program of recovery.
4. Work the Steps
Work the steps of the program, beginning with
step 1. Your sponsor or others in a meeting should be able to
help you with this. There are also resources and tools on this
website and other websites for helping you to work the program.
There are 12 step
worksheets for helping you to write out the steps. There is
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 questions
and giving yourself honest answers, the better your life will
be. The sooner that you begin working the steps, then the sooner
that you can see the 12
promises come about in your life, like numerous
others before you.