About the book:
Most of you will have heard, or been told, that addiction isn’t something you can recover from. That once you have identified addiction as something that you suffer from, you’ll live with it for the rest of your life. You may have also been told that you will always be fighting addiction and will never be cured of it. Always be in recovery. That now that you have admitted to addiction, you will be chained to a life of daily meetings, AA, NA, sponsors, and never-ending step work or you will die from your disease. Sounds bleak, doesn’t it?
The 12 step program was written and published in 1942. The book containing the original 12 step program is called Alcoholics Anonymous. On the inside the front cover It reads that this is the story of how thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism. A pretty bold statement, wouldn’t you agree? It doesn’t say anything about non-stop meetings, never-ending Step work, staying sober only one day at a time, needing to call a sponsor every day, endless reading, asking God to keep you sober just for today. Being in recovery for the rest of your life. Never to be cured of your addictions. NO, it just says: We“recovered”
Even if you don’t believe this right now, isn’t it worth exploring? After all, other diseases are curable. Why should addiction be any different? So go ahead and ask yourself: “If I was diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or Alzheimer's today, would I seek a cure or accept the idea that I was just going to have to live with the disease, fighting my recovery from it until the bitter end?”
Would you accept that something like cancer can’t be cured? Or would you research, educate yourself, attend support groups, seek treatment until you found the right answer for a cure? Why is addiction different from any other disease or mental health issue? Why would you ever believe that it is incurable? Is it because that’s what they tell you at meetings? That’s what a sponsor told you? Is it because you heard this from an individual who has no formal education, professional license, or experience to be able to diagnosis such a terminal disease? Are you really going to believe this nonsense?
After I decided to stop using alcohol and drugs, it took me another seven long years of suffering to find the answers to these questions, until one day I actually read what it said on the inside front cover of the book that started the 12 Step program. What I had been reading during those years of suffering, was actually just a story of how thousands and men and women had recovered from alcoholism. How they had been cured. At that moment, I felt a tremendous amount of relief and hope. It should give you hope too.
What I found in the process of going through the 12 Steps was that each of them, except the first Step, has specific promises of hope written within it. Step 1 is a process of admitting to yourself where you are at today. But there are a total of 12 specific promises found within the 12 Steps. This book explores each one in the 12 steps and delivers 12 powerful promises leading to a spiritual awakening and creating a change in the way we think.