The Importance of Step Work in AA
Any recovering alcoholic can tell you the importance of AA, but when it comes to working through the steps, the importance isn’t quite as clear. Many do it just to do it, rushing through so they can say it’s completed, but that’s not the purpose. Recovery is a process, and so are the steps.
Keeping the Focus on Recovery
Once sobriety becomes the norm, it’s easy to forget to keep a primary focus on recovery, but as soon as it’s not a priority, you start losing your grip on it. That’s where step work comes in. By working through the steps with your sponsor, you stay actively involved in your recovery and focus on staying sober.
No One Recovers Alone
Once you’re sober after being an alcoholic, it can be hard to deal with reality. You come face to face with all that you’ve done and the damage that your drinking has created. There is now nothing to hide behind. Facing this is hard, and doing it alone is next to impossible. By working the 12 steps, you learn to handle things one at a time and with the help of your support team. It ends the isolation so often associated with alcoholism and teaches you to rely on your sponsor and home group. If you’re looking to get involved with AA, but don’t know where to start, call 800-839-1686Who Answers? for help today.
Ending Self-Destructive Habits
Alcoholism is plagued with self-destructive habits and behaviors, which is why it easily creates the downward spiral so many alcoholics have dealt with. By working through the 12 steps of AA, you learn to breakdown these self-destructive habits and replace them with healthy habits that promote recovery.
It’s a Process
Getting sober is the first step. Treatment is typically the next. But once rehab has ended, too many people don’t know where to go or how to continue on the path to recovery. To those new to sobriety, the 12 steps offer a roadmap. Progressive in nature, each step builds on the last, starting with admitting you are powerless over alcohol and that your life has become unmanageable. As you move through them, you deal with your past, your present, and your future, step by step. This stops the process of dealing with your alcoholism from becoming overwhelming. It still holds you accountable, forces you to start to clean up the messes you’ve made, but makes you take it one day at a time.
Each of the 12 steps has a value associated with it. As you work through the step, you learn how to incorporate that value into your life and begin to heal from your alcoholism. The values are acceptance, faith, trust, honesty, courage, willingness, humility, forgiveness, freedom, perseverance, patience, and love and learning how to apply them, to both yourself and others, is part of the recovery journey.
Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to Alcoholism?
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, it’s time to make a change. Call 800-839-1686Who Answers? today and let us help you say goodbye to alcoholism forever.