The Twelve Steps of Relapse

November 2, 2013
Magical Moments
November 16, 2013

Let me start by saying I am not being sacrilegious with this particular blog.  So please no condemnations of any sort.  I am merely making a point as to how we human beings tend to make excuses and blame others for our own irrational ways of managing our lives.  How often have you gotten angry at your life circumstances and rationalized your resultant behaviors?  At what point is it our own responsibility to live a healthy life based on our own power and resources?  It is time to stop blaming others for our own poor choices.  Having stated the above the following 12 steps demonstrates how we often sabotage our own potentially wonderful lives.

  1. I decided I could handle any emotional problems if other people would just quit trying to run my life.
  2. I firmly believe that there is no greater power than myself, and anyone who says differently is insane.
  3. I made a decision to remove my will and my life from God, who didn’t understand my anyway.
  4. I made a searching and thorough moral inventory of everyone I now, so they couldn’t fool me and take advantage of my good nature.
  5. I sought those people out and tried to get them to admit to me, by God, the nature of their wrongs.
  6. I became willing to help these people get rid of their defects of character.
  7. I was humble enough to ask these people to remove their shortcomings.
  8. I kept a list of all the people who had harmed me and waited patiently for a chance to get even with them.
  9. I got even with these people whenever possible except when to do so would get me into trouble too.
  10. I continue to take everyone’s inventory and when they are wrong, which is most of the time, I promptly make them admit it.
  11. I sought through the concentration of my will power to get God, who didn’t understand me anyhow, to see that my ideas were best and He ought to give me the power to carry them out.
  12. Having maintained my emotional problems with these steps, I can thoroughly recommend them to others who don’t want to lose their hard earned status, but wish to be left alone to practice neurosis in everything they do for the rest of their days.

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.  In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Omega J. Galliano
Owner/Therapist - MFT, LADC, LP - Meg obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and since college has been busy working in the behavioral health field. As a Nevada licensed marriage and family therapist, Nevada licensed alcohol and drug counselor, Minnesota licensed psychologist, and a Distance Credentialed Counselor, she has held various management positions in national corporations.