12 Steps to Change

12 People - 12 Stories - 12 Steps to Change Addiction - to drugs - or sex - or alcohol - or even to food - can be overcome if the addict will seek help. Here are 12 success stories, linked with each of the 12 steps in the program. "You live these two lives."  "Honestly, I was prepared to lie until I was dead."  "If there was a sexual thing you could pay for, I bought it." "I just knew that I needed my pain to stop." "As an addict you think, if I admit defeat, then what's left? ... Th...
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Step 12: Service – Erik’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

"I don't know how else to explain it.  I guess I jumped.  I fell from the third story.  Over a half-million dollars in medical bills." "As I went to Twelve Step meetings more consistently, I found that my life just started to fall into place. Now that I know how important it is to share with others what I know, I go every week, to let them know they are not alone.  There was a point that I felt that I was totally alone.  The Twelve Steps help me focus on the fact that not only am I an add...
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Step 11: Personal Revelation – Lindsay’s Story on Heroin Addiction Recovery

"I knew I didn't want to live that life anymore, but I didn't know how to get out of it. I felt so unworthy of God's love. But I remembered how I grew up, it all came flooding back, and a song I sang as a child in church came flooding back:" 'Heavenly Father, are you really there, and do you hear and answer every child's prayer?' "And that was the first prayer I ever uttered in recovery. It was a song. Now prayer is my lifeline, it's the blood of my existence." Her reunion with her daug...
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Step 9: Restitution and Reconciliation – John’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

Starting with addiction to pharmaceuticals, John spiraled down with worse and worse drugs until he his family had left him, he was alone, and he was put in jail. Recalling his arrest:  "I remember the lights coming on, and I remember almost a relief coming over me, that maybe somehow in a weird way, maybe I'm done.... I began to be lifted from this addiction." "Step 9 says, make direct amends wherever possible. And I knew that I needed to be there so that anybody in my family could tell m...
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Step 8: Forgiveness – Larry’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

"Make a written list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make restitution to them." After a terrible fight, Larry didn't see his father for 13 years.  When he finally decided to forgive his father, out of the blue his father called him, and their reunion at a restaurant was sweet and tender. "When he started telling me his life story, I felt so much love and compassion for him. And then as I began to share my challenges with him, he began to cry, and he reached over and ...
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