Red light, Yellow light, Green light & Beyond

Step 9.  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. I hear alot about “doing the 9th step” from folks early in sobriety who are either struggling with the decision of the 3rd step (letting a Higher Power do...

It’s an inside job

It truly is an inside job and you only have to change one thing…EVERYTHING!  This is something that I used to hear in early recovery.  Every time I heard that, I felt an uneasiness inside.  I had frequented detoxes and programs in the past where I had heard something...
From Victim to Victor

From Victim to Victor

When I look back at my experience through the 12 steps, I feel a sense of gratitude, accomplishment and strength. These are things I’ve never felt before in my life. The only feelings I’ve identified with before going through this work were fear, jealousy and...
Steps One, Two, & Three

Steps One, Two, & Three

How does someone who doesn’t believe in God embrace steps one, two, & three of a 12-step program? Let me clarify the statement about not believing in God as it relates to my own experience. I do believe in a higher power and an existence that there are...

Amends: Do I Have To?

I will never forget the day that I finally got a big book sponsor. I was living in a sober house and caught up in the obsession that goes along with addiction. I was around 8 months clean and my life was not at all where I thought it should be. I had always envisioned...