Succeeding in Recovery: Working the 12 Steps


The 12 Steps are the lifeblood of any 12 Step Program – whether it’s Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Narcotics Anonymous, etc. Personally, I see the 12 Steps as a road map to personal healing and relationships – they show you the specific direction to take to get you where you need to go in recovery.

Working the 12 Steps with a sponsor is a huge part of the recovery process. The steps are in a specific order because they build on one another and each individual works through them at their own pace and in their own particular way. (Stick around and you’ll get to hear how my Step 10 included Unicorn Poop Cookies. See? That was just my peculiar particular way. 😜)


The 12 Steps have created amazing changes in my life and I want you to experience amazing changes in your life too so I have decided to launch a brand new series of posts! In 2017, I will be blogging my way through the 12 Steps in my “Succeeding in Recovery: Working the 12 Steps” series. I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it…

Each month, I will be posting about one of the 12 Steps and sharing how I worked that step in my own life. My hope is that this new series will serve several purposes:

  • It will be an example of just one way to do it for those of you who are currently working through the 12 Steps in your own program(s)
  • It will be an invitation to those of you who aren’t familiar with the 12 Steps to learn about them and decide if they could be useful in your own life
  • Plus, it’s always helpful when I look back over the 12 Steps with a willingness to learn even more from them.  This new series is definitely a win-win-win situation! 😊

You can find all of the links to my individual Step Posts below as they become available – don’t forget to check back each month for the new post! And if you really want to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything from me, you can click to follow this blog and you’ll get an email update each time something new is posted. 👍

Thanks for being here, friend. I can’t wait to walk through the 12 Steps with you. I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be full of great moments, opportunities, and recovery! Let’s strive to make it a year of strength, hope, and transformation. We can do this.

With my Love,


The 12 Steps

Study of these Steps is essential to progress in the Al-Anon program. The principles they embody are universal, applicable to everyone, whatever their personal creed. In Al-Anon, we strive for an ever-deeper understanding of these Steps, and pray for the wisdom to apply them to our lives.

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Click here to read about Step One

Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 

Click here to read about Step Two

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him. 

Click here to read about Step Three

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 

Click here to read about Step Four

Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Click here to read about Step Five

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.

Step Six coming soon….

Step 7: Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings. 

Come back for my Step Seven post in July 2017.

Step 8: Made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Come back for my Step Eight post in August 2017.

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.

Come back for my Step Nine post in September 2017.

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

Come back for my Step Ten post in October 2017…because you want to know about those Unicorn Poop Cookies, don’t you? 

Step 11: Sought through prayer and mediation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.

Come back for my Step Eleven post in November 2017.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Come back for my Step Twelve post in December 2017.

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