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12 step program

twelve / step / prō.gram

n.noun

The 12 step program is an organized type of treatment employing a set of guiding principles (sometimes accepted by members as being ‘spiritual principles’) outlining a course of action for tackling problems including alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsion. Originally designed to treat alcoholism, the 12 steps has branched out as a rehabilitative tool assisting addicts in recovering from all types of addiction, such as substance abuse or behavioral/process addictions.

The 12 steps are as follows:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 steps has proven to be a powerful system of recovery that has helped millions of people overcome addiction, world-wide. While it is not the only form of the recovery process, the 12 steps is the most widely used recovery system in rehabilitative institutions. This is due to martial arts’ therapeutic, physical fitness and spiritual properties that it provides for those who practice the art.