In step 7 we build on this willingness and appeal to our 12-step programs greatly stress surrender to and daily communication with a Higher Power. Having trust in something greater than yourself is considered essential for returning sanity in the unmanageable life of an addict. This can be a traditional deity, a spiritual entity or a social one such as th... More. Here we “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” At this point we start to take action towards removing our shortcomings.
Our flaws vary wildly. However, they all do have something in common. They all encourage and sustain a self-absorbed and selfish way of life. Therefore, one way to work on the removal of our defects is to think more about helping those around us and less about promoting or own narrow interests.
Therefore, humility should guide us throughout this process. As we work through all the The steps are a practical guide to recovery and full spiritual life, laid out in the Big Book of AA, and used by a large number of groups ever since. By definition, a 12-step program is based on the belief that recovery is best facilitated by diligently working the steps. The steps guide addicts by ... More, but this step in particular, we should cultivate that sense that the world does not revolve around us. That there is no justification for our holding on to flaws which hurt others. However, always remember that humility is not a form of self-negation or hatred. Humble person understands that while the world does not revolve around them, they are worthy and deserving of happiness.
If you haven’t already, this is a good time to establish a regular habit of prayer and meditation. This helps us remain in tune with the will of our Higher Power. Through prayer and meditation, we hope to cultivate Addiction is often a product of a sense of incompleteness. The expression of gratitude for the many things in our life can counter that need and improve the lives of the addict immeasurably. Therefore, the cultivation of gratitude is an essential part of the 12-step program. More towards our Higher Power and avoid bargaining and petitioning.
However, as the old saying goes “God helps those who help themselves.” That means you need to actively make life choices which support the removal of these flaws. For example, if your flaw is gluttony then it is not enough to simply ask that it be removed, you must also actively work to change your eating habits as well! The two reinforce each other.
Every time we avoid behavior or places that Internal and external cues which when encountered increase the cravings of an addict for the substance or behavior on which they are dependent. This can include a certain smell, place, or person the addict associates with trauma or use. More our addiction or the worst sides of our personality, we are working with our Higher Power towards the removal of our flaws.
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