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12 Step

Addicted to opiates? Change through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; meditation and mindfulness, and Transactional Analysis, is possible. Methadone and Subutec maintanence programmes help but real recovery is only possible through increased self-awareness.

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The 12 Steps remain the guiding principles for therapeutic communities such as the AA and NA. The original program was developed in North America to support recovering alcoholics and has been adopted as the basis for rehabilitation regimes throughout the world. AA's original purpose has become distorted over time. It was always intended for people to recover - not to stay “in recovery”. Unfortunately, it's teachings have been appropriated and reinvented by a different type of addict who have not overcome their own need to control.

Now, in the wrong hands AA gives a few the opportunity to exploit masses of vulnerable victims. It's hierarchical nature allows unscrupulous individuals to make validate themselves by judging and condemning others who are less successful. It's contribution in the treatment of addictions is finally, being challenged, and alternatives considered but powerful Christian lobbyists must, first be overcome.

The principle objective is the spiritual awakening of members through communion with a 'higher power'. Only after this belief has been established and self-determination vanquished is 'recovery' possible. Your 'higher power' is supposedly personal and open for individual interpretation and in this day and age it's role is, often necessarily, played down for the benefit of heathens and staunch scientists. Communion is possible, by everyone, no matter how sinful their past, but, only through absolute commitment, and, obedience, to the twelve steps and traditions.

Like a cult, members earn 'brownie-points' to count towards their own spiritual enlightenment by successfully spreading the word and converting others to the cause. As all religious and cult organisations know it is notoriously easy to manipulate the vulnerable and needy. In modern society, it is a tiny minority whose lives are not affected, in anyway, by addiction. Addiction is indicative of the depression and sense of existential loss and isolation we all live with. In modern society it is now, a minority who are religious, still less Christian.

Nowadays, so many of us suffer with addictions of one kind or another it is time to look at the real causes.

Anyway, here is a list of the 12 Steps which, accompanied by the Twelve Traditions are the guidelines for AA's group governance. They make me angry but maybe you can find some other use for them. Just don't take them over literally or seriously:

Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable

Step 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God

Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

Step 7 - Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all

Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others

Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it

Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out

Step 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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