9 No-Fuss Alcohol Addiction Recovery Steps that You Learn in AA
Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 distinctly different steps that help members reach a strong and effective recovery, but these aren’t the only steps you will learn in AA that will help you. Call 800-839-1686Who Answers? now to find safe, reliable rehab programs that utilize the 12 steps and provide AA meetings as part of treatment.
1. Stop Drinking Today.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Abstinence is the only alternative” when a person has become addicted to alcohol.
Those who attempt to keep drinking by putting restrictions on themselves are likely to break these rules over time. Therefore, abstinence is the best and safest option for most individuals. AA will help you learn why it is an extremely important step in your recovery to choose to stop drinking––and then to follow through.
2. Accept that You Need Help.
Trying to tell yourself that you can get over your addiction alone will only put unneeded pressure on you. And, because any type of substance abuse changes the way your brain works over time, it is actually very unlikely that you will be able to stop completely without help (NIDA).
AA emphasizes the importance of surrendering yourself over to a higher power, to the power of the group, and to your rehab program and its healthcare professionals.
3. Take a Long, Hard Look at Yourself.
This is actually the fourth step of AA, which states that one must make “a searching and fearless moral inventory” of themselves (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). This definitely won’t be easy, but it is important that you are able to truly look at yourself in an objective way and to understand how alcohol abuse has affected your life and the lives of those you love.
4. Make Amends if You Can.
Making amends is also a part of the original 12 steps, although it is important to truly understand what making amends means. Although you should try to apologize and to talk to those you have hurt about how you are trying to change, it is also necessary to do what you can to make a situation right.
If you owe money, pay it back. If you broke something, offer to fix it. This is the way you can truly begin to make up for the mistakes you’ve made because of your substance abuse.
5. Attend Meetings Regularly.
You don’t have to attend meetings any more than you want to, but it can help your recovery in many ways to participate in the program and attend meetings as often as possible. After all, you will only get out of the program what you put into it.
6. Admit When You’re Wrong.
Being able to stay focused on your recovery means staying focused on your actions and being able to admit when you have made a mistake. It is important to be aware of what you do from this point on and to not allow yourself to act without mindfulness.
7. Be Honest.
Becoming a more honest person happens when you simply live more honestly. AA teaches its members that lying is dangerous for a recovering addict; it is a behavior that addicts use to excuse, hide, and continue their substance abuse. Therefore, striving every day to be more honest is essential to recovery.
8. Get Rid of It.
In order to make sure that you are not tempted to drink, get rid of all the alcohol in your home and anywhere else you might go (work, car, etc.). In addition, it is better not to go to bars or other places where you might be tempted to drink until you are more stable. Out of sight, out of mind.
9. Listen to Others.
Whether it is in your meetings or with your family, it is important to listen to the needs and feelings of others so you can better understand what they require from you. By listening to others, you can also learn more about yourself and your recovery, which will in turn make you stronger.