12 stepsThe Twelve Steps as found in the
LDS Recovery Program Workbook

Step 1. Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.

Step 2. Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.

Step 3. Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Step 4. Make a searching and fearless written moral inventory of yourself.

Step 5. Admit to yourself, to you Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, to proper priesthood authority and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs.

Step 6. Become entirely ready to have God remove all your character weakness.

Step 7. Humbly ask Heavenly Father to remove your shortcomings.

Step 8. Make a written list of all persons you have harmed and become willing to make restitution to them.

Step 9. Wherever possible, make direct restitution to all persons you have harmed.

Step 10. Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong promptly admit it.

Step 11. Seek through prayer and meditation to know the Lord’s will and to have the power to carry it out.

Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, share this message with others and practice these principles in all you do. (LDS Family, Addiction Recovery Program)

The ultimate quest of the Twelve Steps is to help us have a spiritual awakening. An awakening that puts us in conscious contact with our God and delivers us from our addictive behaviors. It is not the purpose of this writer to provide a how to manuel for working the steps, (that information is available), but it is important that we understand some of the benefits derived from working the steps.

Steps 1-3 can be cryptically described as: I can’t solve this problem, but the Savior can, and I will let Him. Embracing that idea and learning what that implies (how that translates) in our daily walk is the work of the first three steps.

There is tremendous value in steps four and five, making our searching and fearless moral inventory and sharing it with selected others. These steps attack our shame and help us heal. Shame is something many struggle to give up. One of the most common deflectors encountered clinically, is the statement in the clients mind, Yes, but if you really knew me. What your saying is sort of true, but if you really understood who I am or what I have done… The client uses this statement, without realizing that it compromises his healing progress and therapeutic direction.

These kinds of statements keep us in our shame, which in turn keeps us in our addiction. We are discounting the Savior’s love for us and the ability of those who love us to forgive. We are discounting ourselves. That moves us away from Him.

When we completely reveal ourselves and our inventory, we kill all of our secrets. When we find, in spite of the secrets, that we are still loved and accepted, our shame (the belief that there is something wrong with us) begins to wither and die. It can only thrive in our secret, dark thoughts and beliefs.

Steps eight and nine provide similar healing. It is the process of being accountable and making restitution or amends for our past behaviors. We are able to clean up some of the flotsam and jepson that has accumulated in our addictive wake. We most often have no idea of the burden of our unresolved matters on ourselves or others.

Unresolved issues bleed off our emotional strength every day. We need that strength to heal and change our lives. Our emotional capital is for healing and it cannot be squandered on old matters. Only when we begin to make amends and free ourselves of the burden, only then do we gain a sense of what a tremendous load we were carrying!

Steps 10-12 touch on daily accountability, the benefits of personal revelation and the healing advantages of service to others. These concepts are discussed at length in other sections of this work.

In the LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program’s Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing, a single word or phrase is associated with each step.
Step 1. Honesty
Step 2. Hope
Step 3. Trust in God
Step 4. Truth
Step 5. Confession
Step 6. Change of Heart
Step 7. Humility
Step 8. Seeking Forgiveness
Step 9. Restitution and Reconciliation
Step 10. Daily Accountability
Step 11. Personal Revelation
Step 12. Service

These are the very attitudes, attributes and actions of recovery.

Some meet working the Twelve Steps with skepticism. I am a member of the true church and I shouldn’t have to look any further than that for a spiritual awakening. I don’t think I need to work the steps because I already believe in God and have faith that He can heal me. This is the voice of your addict. Please apply Early Recovery Rule number one; quiet yourself and start working.