12 Steps Tag

When thinking of drug addiction, the obvious problem that comes to mind is drugs. Addiction is often thought of as a chemical response to repeated exposure to substances that can cause physical dependence. But could the real problem behind drug addiction be the individual, not the drugs?

One of the key elements of working a 12 step program is having a sponsor that guides you through the process. Often, sponsees will turn to their sponsors for more than just the steps in order to get direction and life advice. What is the difference then, between a sponsor and a therapist?

I felt the need to talk about humility and the process of step 10, as it has been a consistent theme in my life over the past few months. Everyone’s experience of the steps is different, but I have found a profound importance and need of the principles of this step lately and wanted to share them with you.

I heard the term emotional sobriety a lot when I was new, and recently it was a topic at my home group. It was actually very helpful for me, because at the time I was wondering why I had such an incredibly hard time with my feelings of entitlement, jealousy, and judgment in particular.

I had the good fortune to hear Maria Gray lecture at the most recent Los Angeles meeting of W.A.A.T. (Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment). Her topic was Positive Psychology and the 12 Steps…I was fascinated. I had never considered incorporating positive psychology into psychotherapy in order to raise clients’ levels of happiness. Maria’s passion about this concept is evidence that she lives it.

Recovering from drug addiction is no easy task; it can be difficult, uncomfortable and overwhelming at first. Staying sober isn’t always a “walk in the park” either. Sobriety requires more than a physical abstinence from alcohol or substances, it requires a change in lifestyle. Recovery from drug addiction is achievable, but requires consistent work and healthy living.