In Twelve simple steps they outlined a way of life for daily practice that restored them to physical health and contented sobriety.

A difference exists between program and fellowship. Program is Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Fellowship is the support and example we give and receive. Countless trouble people have agonized and sometimes died, many by their own hand, because they had given up hope. They never learned that they needed help in solving what seemed like overwhelming problems. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength.

I was working with a woman on her First Step and it was so evident that she didn’t get help for her disease because, to do so was a sign of weakness. This belief was deeply embedded in her.  In her family, she was the one holding things together, the one who others depended on. The only way she knew how to deal with this was through alcohol and drugs. She explained it as feeling trapped and her escape from that overwhelming feeling was chemicals. As she was sharing her First Step it was evident this was going to take time, patience and the fellowship of other recovering women to soften and extract this belief from her. Patience, love and acceptance. All of this can be found in the Fellowhip of 12 Step Programs. This is where people can find hope.

Are we reaching out today to those who need help and in turn, are we asking for help when we need it