A man at my home group said these words not too long ago. He’s a person I respect: a father, husband, and veteran who still exudes such a degree of military bearing I find it hard to imagine that he ever had an addiction problem. He represents the power of the program: We become the parents, friends, life-partners, and citizens we always were meant to be. He is clearly living a life in which The Promises have come true, deservedly so, but his words show the wisdom behind those promises.
Let’s be honest, treatment for alcohol and drug abuse is no walk in the park. It requires a lot of energy, effort and change. It’s a time of self-evaluation and introspection, of looking at not just your addiction but all areas of your life to ensure that everything supports your goal of recovery. Fortunately, there are steps you can take while in treatment that will lay the foundation for lasting recovery, and one of them is literally a walk in the park.
Since its inception in the early 20th century, Alcoholics Anonymous (simply called “AA” by many) has grown exponentially. The peer recovery and self-help program has endured the test of time, growing in popularity, with current membership estimated to be more than 2 million members worldwide, according to AA.org. But while the program and its terminology have become part of modern culture, how much do you really know about the 12 Steps?