Did you know that the 12 steps can be used as a guide through life even for people who don't struggle with addictions? You can use them as part of your coping when dealing with bad habits, an illness, people pleasing, relationships, or anything that creates stress in your life. Although the 12 steps have a faith-based foundation, you do not have to practice a faith to use them. These principals can be applied to your journey through life and it's trials along the way. This week and next we are going to break down each of the steps to help you understand more deeply how to integrate them into your life.
Step 1: We admit that we are powerless over (what ever your affliction) and that our lives are unmanageable
This step is about us recognizing that we are broken, human, and imperfect. You can fill in that blank with any struggle, addiction, person, or even your recognition of your separateness from God and spirituality. The first several steps have an emphasis on finding peace with God or a higher power that is greater than ourselves. The basis of this step is the acceptance that we are not invincible, but that we have a weakness that creates chaos and even pain within us. Step one takes us out of denial that we are controlling our afflictions, and the reality that they have control over us sets in. The idea of shedding this negative force in our life helps us see the possibilities of what life could be if we were not smothered by it's power. Step one is the beginning of a path of freedom.
I invite you to pick one affliction the next 2 weeks to apply to these steps as we guide you through them. I hope you find it helpful and eye opening for your life's journey! Keep reading tomorrow as Tamara covers Step 2!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.