The alcoholic recovery is a lifelong process that requires a proper guideline from psychotherapy. It is a 12-step meeting where group members assist themselves and others to stay sober through regular attendance of the meetings. During the recovery, different group members were imperiled to experience severe withdrawals, physical illness, relationships problems, and physical illness. However, after the journey, it reflects there is a gentle introduction primary towards healing oneself. It makes amendments towards colleagues, family, and friends by being in service to others. The outcome of the 12 step alcoholic session is bound to be a success on the recovery similar to Bill made a vital assentation from his experiments where the alcoholics had lost the power of choice in drinks.
The first step during the program was to acknowledge I was powerless over alcohol. Through admitting that one’s life is unmanageable due to alcohol consumption, it creates a foundation of the recovery. One highlight that alcohol is the one in control of an individual’s life, for instance, I once failed my exams, as I was too drunk to both think and drink. Through this, I enact to manage life for the primary purpose of drinking does not qualify as managing life. The second step is to believe that a power great than myself can restore me back to sanity. The step offered hope as it enhanced one to believe there is a solution to the alcohol addiction that can create a rational thinking.After believing there is hope, the program ensured I make a decision to turn my will over the protection of God, as we understood him.
The main goal of this step is to create the trust that we addicts could be better individuals hence we wrote our character flaws, fears, and resentments. Therefore the step presented a positive aspect will emerge if we stop alcoholism making us better individuals. The fourth step later followed which was to look within for fearless moral inventories within myself. It required exploring the challenges that prevent us from progression spiritually to divine self, others, and earth. The fifth step was to admit to God, me and trusted friends the precise nature of our mistakes. The goal of this step is to acquire integrity by recognizing our wrong doings and taking the correct step. Hence, I talked to my sponsor about the guilt secret that made me o start consuming alcohol and it made me realize it is a defect a part of being human.
After discovering the shortcomings of alcoholism, step six was to remain ready to have God remove flaws of the character. The step was to ensure we are willing to change the past, which is a commitment to collaborate with a higher power on changing my behavior, attitude, and the beliefs. Moreover, the step opens a platform of the seventh step, which is humbly asking God to remove the flaws for our character. During this step, the group members displayed humility as they testified they felt welcomed. However, the step displayed one’s courage to change as it deepens one faith. During this step, I felt humbled as I recognized my limitations and felt committed to change from alcoholism to allow the sense of worthiness as an individual’s unique reflection of God’s image (Cheever, 2015). Therefore, humility ensured getting humble to get rid of alcohol-fuelled lavishness, arrogance, and delusional sense of being self-important than others.
The program during step eight made us write down a list of people we had harmed and made us willingly to make amends to them. Mostly the list includes neighbors, family members, teachers, and friends. However, I felt reluctant to admit others were hurt but generally, the psychotherapist had us realize that drinking creates an adverse effect to others. After admitting, I willingly wanted to make amends to them, which is facing the consequences from drinking. It increased my capacity to love self and others from taking responsibilities.
It progressed me from being a victim of consequences and blaming external caused but rather I being the origin. The step was preparatory towards taking action ion step nine, which is making direct amends to the offended except if the action n will cause them harm (Addenbrooke, 2017). The goal of the step is to confront the past by taking justice. As it obliges an individual to take action or paying tribute in kind to those harmed. Through the amendments, one receives well-recovering sincerity from friends and family hence being a motivating factor.
The Step ten in the program involved continuing to take personal inventory and when wrong we admit it. The step is a reminder to keep a daily watch on personal interaction with others to ensure proper treatment of others. Moreover, the psychotherapy urged that act of admitting is said to be humility that prevents building false defenses to justify the wrongs done.
Moreover, by admitting one avoids argument and fights, which reflects on alcohol such that if stress is the main reason that led alcoholism one needs to face the problem rather than consuming alcohol (Cheever, 2015). The step requires perseverance and discipline as just like any skill, regular practice is a necessity for it to become a habit. Therefore, the tenth step was about the daily vigilance of the ninth step in our daily as a way of life.
However, step eleven is embracing the mystery. It was through prayers and meditating to improve the conscious contract with God as we understood him. Hence, praying for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out reminds us we need to be spiritual to recover from alcohol. As prayers involve talking with the higher power and requesting for support and guidance to get through a daily life while meditating involves an individual to listen to his inner self and gain an intuitive understanding of Gods will (Addenbrooke, 2017). Hence, through meditating and prayers an alcoholic gains courage to maintain what he acquired from the previous lessons, making this step an important phase of the program.
Lastly, the twelfth step is an awakening phase. Following a spiritual awakening from the previous periods as prayers and meditating, one was required to convey the message to other alcoholics and practice the principles in our daily affairs. However, this step is a gradual process and is elusive that cannot be easily defined. For instance, family members recognize that change is for the good and has already occurred in the recovery program where we less selfish and now nonalcoholic. Similarly, as an individual, I feel more happy, serene, and more comfortable on one’s character.
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