The Twelve Steps of Recovery: A Primer

Regardless of your own beliefs, the twelve step program is a proven method to overcome addiction. Dedicating time toward working the steps is the surest method to improve nearly every aspect of your life; as evidenced by the innumerable stories of recovery that are attributed to its success.

Did you know that there are many versions of these important steps?

While there are countless versions of the twelve steps out there, I thought it might be helpful to provide two of the most common. The traditional version (left) reflects the beliefs of those who follow theological religions — of nearly every discernable kind. The non-theist version (right) provides a helpful twelve-step process that relies on our own deeply held convictions, even if they aren't based in traditionally religious understanding.


Traditional Version

Non-Theist Version

Non-Theist Version

On the left side, we rely on the power of God to guide us through the process of recovery. Conversely, non-theists can find solace on the right, applying the same process by using their own deeply held inner strength to overcome the adversity of addiction.

As I write about these steps in future posts, I hope you will take the time to discover their meaning for yourself, and your own life — no matter what your intrinsic, deeply held beliefs entail. It's said often, because it's true; these steps work — if you work them.

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