If you are just starting out in recovery work, you will need to familiarize yourself with the process. A solid recovery has five aspects to it:
- Step Work
Obviously, recovery work begins with sobriety (recovery management). You haven’t even begun recovery without sobriety/abstinence.
During this time of sobriety, you are going to need a sponsor. If you are a true addict, powerless over your addiction, you will need the help of someone else – someone already in the program – who can show you the way.
Part of the program is step work. The 12 steps. Your sponsor can show you how to work the steps if you are ready. These steps are simple, but they are not easy. And they will require more from you than you realize.
The 12 step program is, fundamentally, a spiritual program. You may not be religious, or believe in ‘God’ but you will need to become a spiritual person. There are three relationships you will work on: Your relationship with yourself, others and your Higher Power. 12 step recovery work is interior work – your mind, your emotions and your will. All of this work will impact your relationships. At some point during the program you will experience a spiritual awakening. But this will only be the first of many ‘awakenings’ as you continue in your recovery.
There’s a saying (somewhat of a paradox) in 12 step fellowships: If you want to keep it, you’ve got to give it away. In other words, you need to give back to the fellowship. You will gain a sense of belonging, and renewed faith in the program as you work with others and witness their progress.
Without these five S’s your recovery work will not be as solid as it could be. Don’t take any chances with your progress. Enter into all five aspects to maintain a firm grip on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual recovery.