12 STEP PROGRAM
The 12 Step Program Has Some Principles That Can Help
I started my recovery with the 12 step program of both AA and NA. The principles that I learned and the fellowship with others with similar issues that we all were working on helped me to some degree. The saying, “One addict helping another is without parallel.” There was a lot of truth to that. I did feel that the spiritual element of the 12 step program I found was negating Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The program did help me a lot, but then after I was clean and sober for a few years, I make a decision to get my support solely from the church and Bibles studies, which worked out very well for me.
I did feel that the spiritual element of the 12 step program I found was negating Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The reason they used the term, “Higher Power” was in order not to turn away those who did not believe in God from the Bible, on one hand, that made some sense, but on the other hand, it kept Jesus Christ out of the recovery process.
Do you need help right now for an addiction? You do not have to take this journey all by yourself; many people would be willing to walk with you. Start with a Bible believing church and even Christian counseling. You may also consider a Christian 12 step program to help you get started like it did for me back in 1982-89. By the grace of God, I am thankful to be able to say that I have been clean and sober since June 25, 1986. ~ Bill Greguska
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By ~ Bill Greguska
- Admitted that I had become powerless over my addiction(s) (people and things) and that my life had become unmanageable with seemingly no way out.
- Came to believe that, through God, my life could be restored, and He could make me whole again.
- Decided to turn from the things of my past and asked Jesus to be Lord and center of my life.
- Made a complete and honest, moral inventory of myself to assess what needed to be changed.
- Admitted to God, myself, and someone who I could trust, the exact things that were going wrong in my life in which I needed help for in my life.
- Was entirely ready to have God take away all of my character defects once and for all.
- Humbly asked God to remove my shortcomings and to forgive me, believing He would eliminate them, and I would receive His forgiveness to start over, clean.
- Made a list of people I have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to those people, wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.
- Continually take a personal inventory of my life, and when wrong, try to admit promptly, and make things right again.
- Sought, through prayer and meditation on God’s Word to strengthen my relationship with Him, to pray continually for the knowledge of His will for me and the power of His might to carry it out.
- Upon being spiritually restored and set free from the sin (which can so easily entangle me), I continue to try to share this new-found freedom and the One, who has freed me, with those who are still suffering. With God’s help, I eagerly attempt to act as Jesus would in all I do.
The 12 Step Program Was Based Originally on Christian Principles!
Personal 12 Step Program Begins With The 1st Step
If you ask me, I think 12 step programs are perfectly valid, can be an enormous help. But it depends on the individual. ~ Pete Hamill
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