After successfully completing residential inpatient treatment, securing housing in a sober living facility, and actively engaging in a 12-step recovery community, you may be wondering if it is really necessary to work with a sponsor through the 12 steps laid out in these self-help groups. You’re enjoying life again, feel secure in your sobriety, and are surrounded by supportive individuals who care about your success. Why is it so important to work through the 12 steps of AA or NA?
We usually develop substance abuse disorders as a means to cope with mental or emotional issues in our lives. Simply ending our daily use of alcohol and drugs does nothing to solve these underlying issues which led us to addiction in the first place. This is where the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous come into play. The process is designed to allow you to unburden yourself of any guilt, shame, and negativity brought on by the painful and traumatic events in your past. Trusting another individual with full disclosure of your past misdeeds as well as any feelings of resentment or anger towards others provides a great deal of relief and reassurance that you are not a horrible person and can make amends with those you’ve wronged.
Besides confronting and working through our past, the 12 steps also offer us a path to fostering and growing a connection with our higher power. While many of us have spurned organized religion as rigid and distasteful, successful recovery is rooted in spirituality. The 12 steps are not the only route to a connection with a higher power, but working the steps has proven effective for millions of addicts and alcoholics across the world. Those who have gone through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have made peace with their past and have achieved a positive, meaningful connection with a higher power of their conception.
The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are an important part of anyone’s recovery program. The purpose of working the steps is to allow you to come to terms with your past, make amends with those you’ve wronged, let go of any resentments you are holding, and maintain a life free from these burdens through a connection with a higher power. It may seem that you are secure in early recovery by residing in sober living and attending 12 step meetings in order to build a community of support, but without working the steps you are missing a crucial piece of AA and NA. If you have not already, you should absolutely seek out a sponsor who will help you work the steps fully and thoroughly as this will greatly increase your chances of achieving lasting sobriety and true peace of mind.
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