Sunday, August 28, 2016

The 12 Steps of Sobriety from Heroin

For decades I have been promoting 12 Step Groups as one of the best ways for churches and community groups to defeat bad habits, compulsions and addictions.

One block for many Christians is a misunderstanding of 12 Steps. They think the way people talk about AA group meetings is a problem. They do not like the fact that people introduce themselves as Alcoholics.

This small detail is to remind everyone that their enemy is alcohol. Theologically it is not wise to identify as an alcoholic but in those meetings it is a way to say "We are in this boat together".

As I read these steps it is impossible to find anything wrong with them from a biblical point of view.

Steps 1-3 get me into a personal, caring relationship with God

1. I admitted I was powerless over my problems-that my life had become unmanageable.
2. I came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.
3. I made a decision to turn my life over to the care of God as I understood Him

Steps 4-6 get me cleaned up morally and spiritually

4. I made a searching and fearless moral inventory
5. I admitted to God myself and to another person the exact nature of my wrongs.
6. Was entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Steps 7-9 help me change and get healed in my relationships.
7. I humbly asked Him to remove my shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons I had harmed; became willing to make amends to them.
9. Made direct amends to such persons whenever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.

Steps 10-12 offer a continual process of healing, peace and growth

10. Continued to take personal inventory and promptly admitted when I was wrong.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, praying only for the knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry it out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, I tried to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all my affairs.

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