The 12th step of the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs."
What this means is that as a result of our recovery, we now understand that our beliefs have changed when it comes to our addictions. We now believe that our addiction is a problem and not the solution to our problems. To help keep us grounded, we focus our efforts on the needs of those around us. We take our message to those who still suffer, and we continue to do so as we practice what we have learned in our recovery.
In recovery, we talk about being of service. We talk about taking committments. The main reason we do this is to focus on things outside of ourselves. In our active addictions, we became very self-centered. We focused on our own needs and desires. We focused on nothing other than obtaining our next fix. By being of service to others, we begin to focus on the others around us. We begin to focus on the needs and desires of others rather than our own. Many times, it will also help us put our own problems into perspective and remove the self-centeredness that still plagues us.
In the Big Book, there are several mentions of a spiritual awakening in recovery. Our spiritual awakening is the beginning of our understanding of our purposes in life. It is the realization that we need connection with others in order to be whole and complete. As humans, we were never meant to be alone. While some of us appreciate and thrive through some alone time, it is through our relationships with others that we grow and succeed. Addiction removes our spiritual awareness and connection and stunts our personal growth. By serving others, we build and maintain those connections and foster necessary growth.
Twelve-step groups do not advertise. Most, if not all of them focus on attraction rather than promotion. However, it does take a good friend to approach us when our addictions have taken hold. Once we realize that we have a problem, it is others that help guide us to recovery. In early recovery, you will have a sponsor. However, that won't always be the case. While you should always have a sponsor, someday you should also be a sponsor. In doing so, you carry the message to the next generation of people coming into recovery. This serves a purpose in your life as well as that of your sponsee. For you, it helps solidify what you've learned in recovery and continue to practice those principles.
All of this works together in beautiful harmony to not only make us better people in recovery, but also to encourage others in their recovery as well. No addiction treatment method is perfect but in this principle, twelve-step philosophy pretty well has it covered. In early recovery, we make ourselves available to others and we make committments that we follow through on. We realize our spiritual awakening and we embrace it, growing personally in the process. And finally, we take what we've learned and we share it with others. In doing so, we not only confirm what we've learned but we help others learn it as well. It does work, which is why its become a part of the most effective and successful recovery method in history.
At Chateau Recovery, we have numerous opportunities for you to be of service to others and to help carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We'd love the opportunity to talk to you about how it works and how you can be a part of this amazing journey of personal growth. Give us a call today at (800) 379-4401 or fill out the contact form on this page to get started!