We admitted we were powerless over the effects of alcoholism or other family dysfunction, that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand God. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others who still suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. The Twelve Steps are reprinted and adapted from the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and are used with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

The 12 Steps of Adult Children of Alcoholics

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Adult Children of Alcoholics Knowing only that I was affected by alcoholism, I began my recovery, sometimes in Al-Anon, sometimes in The 12 Steps of Adult Children of Alcoholics. For a long time, there was this nagging awareness that once I had dealt with the problem of the moment, I would have to deal with […]

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12 Step addiction treatment

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A hundred million people can’t be wrong? Love them or hate them, 12 step addiction treatment is bigger than any other program out there. The success rates are fairly low, but on the flip side seem  higher than any other recovery or sober living program out there. Many people say they have tried the steps […]

12 Rewards of Addiction Recovery

12 Rewards of Addiction Recovery

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What are the 12 Rewards of Addiction Recovery For Hope instead of desperation (worry, fear). For Faith instead of despair (gloom, depression). For Courage instead of fear (anxiety, dread, panic). For Peace of mind instead of confusion For Self Respect instead of self contempt For Self confidence instead of helpless For The respect of others […]

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Shame and powerlessness

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Call Now 082-442-4779 or email info@pathwaysplettrehab.co.za Healing Addiction though Shame and powerlessness Two words that both put people off right there and then, and also attract a huge amount of negative criticism. It’s frequently cited by critics of 12-step groups as a tool used to disempower, or even brainwash, members. And then there is shame. Shame […]

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The benefits of addiction recovery

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Benefits of addiction recovery may seem obvious at first to some. Others not quite so apparent. Why give up alcohol or drugs some often say? What’s the point? Well, that is answered pretty much here, as we look at the benefits of addiction recovery through what AA calls the promises of recovery. They go as […]

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The double bind of addiction

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Pathways Drug Addiction Rehab Centre Call Now 082-442-4779 or email info@pathwaysplettrehab.co.za The double bind of addiction is an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, and one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other […]

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Practicing Sobriety 

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Call Us Now 082-442-4779 Living Clean When we talk about practicing sobriety and the principles of recovery in all our affairs, the key word is “practice.” We just need to keep trying to apply spiritual principles to our lives, not be able to do it perfectly in every situation. The spiritual benefits we derive from […]

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Addiction Treatment Programme

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Addiction Treatment that works AA says that alcoholism, and by extension any drug addiction, addiction or acting out, is fundamentally irrational, mad, a form of insanity characterized by denial.  As the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions used in addiction treatment  puts it, “Few indeed are the practicing alcoholics who have any idea how irrational they are, […]

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Addiction recovery versus abstinence

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ADDICTION RECOVERY A common misconception in the recovery community is not using drugs, drinking alcohol or acting out on behaviors equals recovery. This however is simple abstinence. It is not what we call addiction recovery. It is removing the substance and changing none of the behaviour.  For this statement to make more sense, let’s work […]