Working the Steps

The Process
"Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us."
The basis behind the Twelve Steps is that the issue is not the addictive substance, but rather a spiritual disconnection.  Thus, tapping on the cravings may yield few results.  The main objective of the Steps, according to Bill W., who wrote them, is "to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem."  They can very effectively be used as an outline for treatment using energy therapies.  Step One is the only step which actually references alcohol, and it may be substituted with any substance or other issue that you have found yourself unable to control.  Here are notes on how to take the Steps, as well as possible issues to treat.

There are more comprehensive guides to working the Steps--particularly the AA Big Book and the Twelve and Twelve.  This is intended only as a simple guide, with suggestions on how to integrate energy therapies.

Step One

We admitted we were powerless over (the issue) -- that our lives had become unmanageable.

Make a list of examples of your powerlessness over the issue: missing important events; placing yourself and others at risk of physical harm; engaging in activities that filled you with shame.  Do not overlook the times that the issue interfered with a precious relationship.

Make another list of examples of the unmanageability in your life, which were the consequences of your issue.  Sometimes you can identify a direct consequence of an episode on the first list and place it on the second.  However there will be other consequences that are the cumulative result of years of having the issue.  Areas to search for consequences include: damaged relationships with family, lost friendships, missed opportunities in your career, legal scrapes, financial costs, time wasted in the pursuit of the issue, and so on.  Try to look at as many areas of your life as possible where your issue has caused difficulty.  The result may not be pretty. 

Once you have written these lists, sit down with someone you trust to review them.  The reduction of shame, fear, and isolation is one of the greatest benefits of the First Step.  Another is that if you are thorough in this effort, you will have written evidence of the nature and severity of your condition.  You will begin to see the truth about yourself and your issue.

Key issues to treat here are fears about admitting powerlessness or reviewing your past, and an unwillingness to do so.  You may also want to treat any feelings about not deserving to be healed.  Getting started is half the battle, and energy therapies can remove the barriers to progress through the steps.  Your First Step will also provide you with experiences you may want to tap on, though your Fourth Step will be even more effective for that.  The steps do not need to be torturous - as they often are - in order to be effective.  They may be painful at times, but you have the tools to move through that pain.

Working the Steps

Step One

Steps 2-4

Steps 5-7

Steps 8-12