12-Steps

Published on SoberHustle—The Pain of Steps 6 & 7

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Steps 6 and 7 are so incredibly important. I’ve written about them before for Solutions of North Texas, and they’re something I never tire of because of how powerful a role they play in deciding how happy or unhappy my sobriety is going to be. Here’s a little snippet of the post. The Pain of Steps 6 and 7 I’ve never experienced more pain in… 

Published in Recovery Today Issue 68: Am I Powerless? The First Step

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Recovery Today magazine is an incredible publication that’s perfect for people like us. They recently published my experience with step 1. You can get Recovery Today free on your smart device here. Here’s a little excerpt of what I wrote. Am I Powerless? The First Step They say the first step takes the longest. I’ve found that to be true. My first step took 9… 

Steps 6 and 7—Separating the Living From the Dead

I recently wrote a blog post for Solutions of North Texas about steps 6 and 7 and how critical they are for anyone who wants long-term sobriety. The most pain I’ve ever felt in sobriety was from not working these steps. Here’s a little snippet of the article, but you can read the entire post here. Step 6: Were entirely ready to have god remove… 

Step 1 AA | Can It Be Done Perfectly?

Step 1 AA: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (and drugs)—that our lives had become unmanageable.” I’m sure we’ve all heard this in meetings before: “Step 1 is the only step you have to do perfectly.” I always wondered what the hell that meant. How can a step be done perfectly? What does that even mean? Does it mean I admit that I’m powerless… 

Are 12-Step Groups Cults? Are Groups Like PPG Toxic For Recovery? Maybe

In the recovery community, we have to grapple with this question all the time: are 12-step groups cults? The answer is complicated. As far as what an addict/alcoholic needs to do to be successful in their recovery, there are many opinions and suggestions, and sometimes they can be so different that the newcomer doesn’t know what to do, what to believe, or who to trust.…