12 Step

12 Steps a Spiritual Journey

Is 12 steps a spiritual journey? I propose that anything one chooses can be a spiritual journey. After all, life and what one makes of it are what he chooses to do with his life and how he chooses to react.

The 12 step program, for anyone not familiar with this, is any addictive behavior that is supposedly handled on a day to day basis, through the personal working of the 12 steps, attending support meetings and staying in close contact with one’s sponsor.  As to 12 steps, a spiritual journey, they address what they like to call a higher power. Their “higher power” can be anything, most do choose God, and however, others do not. I’ve even heard of someone who claimed a rock was his higher power. The 12 step program requires extensive personal commitment, which is the primary reason for the lower success rate of this program. In addition to working through the steps, this is a lengthy and intricate process in itself, they must be totally committed to attending support meetings every day and sometimes even multiple times in the same day, every day. They must also stay in contact with their sponsor on a daily basis. This routine is expected to be adhered to for the first few years of sobriety. As you can imagine, most do not make it and revert to using or drinking once again. Each time they relapse, they start over completely with the step work, meetings, etc. Some do attain sobriety this way and my hat is off to them, for I, am one that could not hang with this method.

So, back to the question, “Is 12 steps a spiritual journey”? I believe that those who are totally dedicated to the concept behind the 12 step program do experience a spiritual journey. One of the steps is experiencing a spiritual awakening and coming to know one’s higher power as a power greater than oneself. So, yes, it most definitely is a spiritual journey to those rare individuals. I, myself, even tried to make the program work for me, however, I was open to the idea of believing God had a greater purpose for my life and that he was completely capable of restoring me. It is the rest of the program that I could not follow. I found the meetings to be totally depressing and restimulative. I honestly worked the steps to the best of my ability, I did not want to attend the meetings as frequently as they suggested.

So, in answer to the question, “Is 12 steps a spiritual journey”?  It is what you put into it and it can be a spiritual journey if you so desire.