When it comes to alcohol rehabilitation and breaking the cycle of addiction in your life, there is a tried, tested, and true system that has saved countless lives through its easy to understand and realistic approach to recovery. This system is called the 12 steps of recovery and it was created by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders Bill W. and Dr. Bob S. in 1935 for the purpose of sharing how their members achieve recovery. Here we list each of the 12 steps as they serve to provide anyone seeking recovery with a concise and extraordinarily effective path to their goal.


  1. Admitting the problem: It seems obvious, but this means truly realizing that you have lost control of your entire life as a result of addiction.
  2. Believing in a power greater than yourself: This is not necessarily referring to a theological idea of God or any kind of religion or spirituality. It can simply refer to an understanding that the totality of reality is magnanimously larger than one’s own existence. Therefore, there is something out there more powerful than yourself.
  3. Decide to trust this greater power (as you understand it): This means living your life for others as well as yourself. And, living for an ideal that is bigger and with grander implications than just your own desires and aspirations.
  4. Take inventory of yourself: Search within yourself and identify your capabilities, flaws, limitations, strengths, and qualities. Examine yourself to see yourself for how you really are.
  5. Confess and admit your flaws: Shed the weight of guilt and shame that is holding you back off from your shoulders. Do this by telling the truth about yourself to someone else.
  6. Be ready to change: This is more than just merely believing that changing your life is a good idea, it means making an intentional decision to change from within.
  7. Ask the higher power for help: Whether it is by prayer to your God, or by appealing to any notion of a god you may have. This simply means that if you acknowledge that there exists more to reality than just your comprehension of it, than at the very minimum position yourself mentally and emotionally to receive new information and perspectives that you may not have had; that may teach you something you didn’t know, something helpful.
  8. Make a list: Make a list of the people you have hurt by your addiction. This serves to help you come to terms with what you have done and opens the way to forgiveness of oneself.
  9. Make amends: find the people on the list and ask for forgiveness and do what is necessary to make things right. Leave all guilt and shame in the past; there is no room for it in your new life.
  10. Continue to audit yourself and admit failings: Examine yourself daily for failure and identify the causes, as well as the emotions you are experiencing. Learn from these realizations
  11. Meditate and improve yourself: Through self reflection, strive to transcend your emotions and your material concerns. Seek to identify with your idea of a greater power in order to let go of the person you once were.
  12. Tell others: Once you learn it, teach it. Once you have it, share it. Nothing keeps you on the track of success like helping others to achieve the same.  


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