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What Is 12 Step Structured Sober Living?
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What Is 12 Step Structured Sober Living?

The absence of a steady drug and alcohol-free living condition is a very genuine hindrance to a progressive resistance. Harmful living conditions can ruin the recovery process for even exceptionally motivated patients. Sober living houses (SLHs) are drug and alcohol-free housing for people who want to stop abusing drugs and/or alcohol. These do not get authorization or financial support by state or government and the occupants themselves pay for all expenses. The recovery procedure consists of a 12-step structured sober living approach.

The 12-Step theory spearheaded by Alcoholics Anonymous is utilized by around 75% of drug and alcohol treatment houses. The fundamental point of this model is that individuals can help each other accomplish and keep up self-discipline from abusive substances and the treatment will not work except if the individuals with addictions surrender to a higher power. The 12-Step sober living development can be a powerful force people, however, some battle with the spiritual and religious component of the program. Various treatments for addictions offer options in contrast to the 12-Step strategy for the individuals who incline toward a more common method for treatment.

The 12 Steps introduced by Alcohols Anonymous (AA) are:

The 12 Step Structured Sober Living


  1. Admitting that you are powerless over the addiction and life has become unmanageable and unstable

The very first step comes to be the greatest one of all since it breaks a person’s disavowal of the addiction and sets them off on the way to a healthy recovery. With the end goal to acknowledge the addiction and to take this step, one must recognize the need for support and clarify that getting a treatment is necessary.

  1. Trusting that a higher power (in whatever shape) can help

Step two is centered around the faith that one day they can carry on with a cheerful and happy life without the dependence on alcohol and drugs. This step works when the individual believes in a higher, powerful, cherishing and divine being. This hope and belief in a higher power give support to the individual throughout the journey.

  1. Choosing to turn control over to the higher power

Step three comprises of giving our issues over to the chosen higher power that we believe in. This step comprises accepting the fact that our actions are in our hands but the outcomes depend on our higher power. This makes the addict perform to the best of his capacities to keep making progress toward recovery and not worrying about the end result.

  1. Taking a personal inventory

Step four intends to make us investigate ourselves and to address the emotions or issues we have bottled up inside. Taking stock of those sentiments either great or awful enables us to draw an image of what causes the addiction. Addicts need to face their problems and deal with them rationally instead of finding a temporary escape through abuse. The need to realize the harm that has been caused to them because of the addiction to create self-pity. This self-pity will encourage and motivate the addict.

  1. Admitting the wrongdoings to oneself, the higher power and someone else

This step enables the member to concede the majority of their wrongful acts or pestering issues to somebody who will care about their emotions and listen wisely. This may assist the individual to accept their past, the nature of the mistakes made and fix broken bonds. Accepting your mistakes and venting about it to an individual can be remedial and extremely useful to the recovery process of an addict.

  1. Believing that the higher power will revise any weaknesses in the person’s character

Step six enables the Higher Power to control how our lives function. For example, on the off chance that we start to acknowledge that we are not living a perfect life and trust in our chosen higher power for bearing then we enable bring our worries to the surface and not let the said divine power to resolve those problems. This creates a mindset that expressing our issues we to a higher power, we free our mind from the stress and only focus on the recovery.

  1. Requesting that the higher power to expel those weaknesses

Subsequent to distinguishing our character deformities or faults in the fourth step and getting to be set up to present our issues to our higher power we then reach this step that comprises of requesting that our higher power expel our issues. By asking the higher power to solve the problems and to remove the negativity that causes the abuser to use, the road to recovery becomes smooth.

  1. Listing down all of the wrongs done to other people and being willing to present appropriate reparations in light of those wrongs

In this step, the members create a list of those people that they harmed before. The thought behind this is to discover our own faults and to make peace with the people they have hurt so they can move on. There might be individuals that we can’t apologize to or those who do not deserve a sorry, however, it is still vital to present appropriate reparations with those in order to get rid of any guilt.

  1. Reaching out to the ones who have been harmed, except if doing so would hurt the individual

In this step, the members have to clear up the destruction of the past. Meeting with the ones they have damaged and trying to offer some kind of reparation with them is the key point of this step. Frequently, this will include activity over words. This step enables the abuser to come to acknowledgment with the terms of the newly amended relationships. Adopting appropriate measures and changes in life is important for sober living.

  1.  Continuing self-accountability and admitting when one is wrong

This is a self-check step when the individual is facing a bad situation or negative emotions like anger, discouragement, and irritation or is in a troublesome place then he should keep himself calm and realize must be done to persistently check ourselves. This step enables the individual on the way to recovery to keep up a strategy for remaining calm.

  1.  Looking for self-awareness and communication with the higher power by means of meditation and prayer

The purpose of this step in sober living MA is for people to progress the self-awareness journey and to connect more with the higher power. It is an opportunity for individuals to learn different methods of spiritual enlightenment to concentrate on the path of recovery and self-improvement.

  1.  Conveying the message of the 12 Steps to others in need

This is the last step and it focuses on connecting with and helping other people in recovery of substance use disorder. By this step, most people in recovery have been engaged with providing service and support in different ways. Commonly with this step, people look back at their recovery and notice the change inside them. The last step is a stepping stone to keep up all the work you have put in to reach sobriety.

A few people do not understand or are not intrigued by the 12-Step sober living whether with variations or as a side by side treatment.  There are other support groups and treatments for such people that do not involve surrendering to a higher power instead their main focus is on accepting the benefits of recovery. The 12 stop model for sobriety has a spiritual approach but the core aim is to improve the personal psychology and mindset of the members to lead a happy, healthy and responsible life. It works, it really does – We are living proof!

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