Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The 12 Steps of Recovery and Why We All Need Them

Most of us are familiar with the 12 step program, or at least you've heard of it before. The most interesting part about it is that it is centered around belief in a higher power. I never knew that about it until I was majoring in Psychology and learned that very fact. It shocked me that something designed and ran by doctors would be centered around belief in something that wasn't science-based. The fact that they focus on that can be linked to science, but science can't prove the existence of god... just that a belief in god helps people find hope they need to get through hard times.

Studies have even shown that people who believe in a higher power, or god, live longer and have better immune systems.

The LDS church has hired some amazing videographers, and, together with some true stories of addiction recovery, they have made some emotional, and moving, teaching videos about the 12 steps. Each step is a different person's tale of recovery. I watched them all today, and teared up through several of them. I've spent part of my life close to a few different people with addictions, and I have been through the ringer with their problems until I learned to distance myself from the specific addiction.

It isn't easy for anyone, but it definitely isn't easy for the person fighting an addiction. If you're struggling and don't know where to turn to quit your addiction, if you're trying to help someone with an addiction, trying to understand addiction, or even seeking to make any type of change in your life, these videos can help. The recovery program can help.

For more information on addiction, recovery, and the 12 Step Program, check out these sites:
To watch all 12 videos on Youtube:

My favorites are below.

Your turn to sound off in the comments about this, have you had any experience with this program, and if so, are you willing to share below? Any other thoughts are also welcome.

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