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First STEPS

Help for me:

  1. Know that you are not alone, call for help.
  2. Seek immediate help at a local treatment center or rehabilitation facility
  3. Find an Alcohol/Drug Counselor for one-on-one support
  4. Develop a Recovery Plan
  5. Continue Outpatient Therapy
  6. Find a Support Group through local resources like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous
  7. Find a sponsor, and locate a home group through your support group.
  8. Work through the 12-Steps Program

Help for loved ones:

  1. Know that you are not alone
  2. Learn about drug dependence and addiction through the resources available on this website
  3. Find an Alcohol/Drug Counselor for one-on-one support
  4. Seek therapy or find a local support system like Nar-Anon Family Groups, Al-Anon Family Groups or Alateen (for those affected by someone else’s addiction) or Rap Room Parent-to-Parent
  5. Extended Care Treatment that includes the following 3 components: The body (physiological), the mind (psychological) and the spirit (spiritual).
  6. Find a sponsor, and locate a home group through your support group.
  7. Work through the 12-Step Program.
  8. Give back by serving others

What are 12-STEP GROUPS?

“At HOPE Shed’s Light, we believe that both programs aid in recovery regardless of the addiction you face. We invite you to experience both programs to decide for yourself which one is best for you.”

Alcohol-Related

Al-Anon and Alateen are international organizations jointly known as Al-Anon Family Groups with a membership of over half a million men, women and teens, providing a 12-Step program of recovery for anyone affected by a family member or friend’s drinking. Al-Anon is for adults within the program, whereas Alateen is a specialized support group designed for young people (ages 12 to 20). Through these support groups, you can find a sponsor and locate a home group for additional support on your journey toward recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who share a desire to stop drinking alcohol. AA suggests that members completely abstain from alcohol, regularly attend meetings (to share their “experience, strength and hope”), and follow its program to help each other with their common purpose – to help members “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.”

Narcotics-Related

Nar-Anon is an international organization providing a 12-step program of recovery for those affected by someone else’s addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a self-help program of recovery from drug addiction; its teachings are adapted from the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The only requirement for membership is “a desire to stop using,” and members “meet regularly to help each other stay clean,” where “clean: is defined as complete abstinence from all mood- and mind-altering substances (including alcohol).

All 12-Step programs announce some version of the following at each meeting: There are no dues or fees to join us. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; do not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorse nor oppose any causes. We will respect your anonymity.

Your 12-Step Program will look something like this:

  1. We admit we are powerless over our addiction (or someone/something else), and that our lives have become unmanageable.
  2. We believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Make a list of all those who we have harmed, and be willing to make amends with them all.
  9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.
  10. Continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we will carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 3C’s:

  • I didn’t cause it
  • I can’t cure it
  • I can’t control it

The 3 Questions:

  • Is this helping?
  • What are my motives?
  • Whose responsibility is it, really?
“The above literature is from from Ala-Non meetings.”

Successful Recovery Model

PROGRESS CHART
for Chemical Dependency

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PROGRESS CHART
of Co-Dependency

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The Promises:

(Extracted from pages 83-84 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through…

  1. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
  2. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
  3. We will comprehend the word serenity.
  4. We will know peace.
  5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
  6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
  7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
  8. Self-seeking will slip away.
  9. Our whole attitude and out look upon life will change.
  10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
  11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations that used to baffle us.
  12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing fur us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Reprinted from the book Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book).

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