Steps 1-3 – Readiness and Motivation to Change
In order to change, first, we must know what it is that needs to change. Many people languish for years in a cycle of relapse or full blown addition, because they do not know what their problem is and are therefore unable to fix it.
Step 1 – Identifying the Problem
“A lack of power, that is our dilemma” – Big Book of AA
Using the Big Book of AA, a 12 step program, and the input of our Sober Nest family members and the greater recovery community, we help our clients identify the exact nature of our shared problem. Issues specific to individual clients are also explored.
Step 2 – Identifying the Solution
“A Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity” – Big Book of AA
After the client has a real idea of what their problem is, a solution can be ascertained. Using the Big Book, the AA and Sober Nest community and an understanding of the problem, the client can develop an awareness of the solution and the action that needs to be taken.
Step 3 – Making a Decision
Having a real understanding of our problems and the solutions to them, the clients can now make an informed rational decision. The decision in any situation is fundamentally the same, continue as we were and suffer the consequences or take the positive action to solve our problems. Seeing the unadulterated truth of our problems and, therefore, being able to produce a real and effective solution readies the client and motivates them to effect change in their lives.
Steps 4-9 – Problem Solving and Relapse Prevention
With the help of our Sober Nest family and a sponsor attained from the greater recovery community, the client is now prepared to implement the plan of action. Working the steps of the 12 step program of their choosing will help the client develop problem solving skills. This process will also help the client enforce thought processes which control impulsive thinking and action. With the clarity of mind that the steps produce, clients will gain the ability and skills with which to cope with their addictive disorder and life in general.
Steps 10-12 – Continued Recovery and Quality of Life
Sober Nest strives to provide our clients a living environment conducive to recovery. We try to eliminate situations that pose a threat to client’s sobriety, giving them time to develop the skills to deal with these situations. We do this by simplifying client’s financial responsibilities, instituting a Code of Conduct that provides structure in recovery, conduct, and house keeping, referring clients to vocational and social services to better their quality of life, and working with the criminal justice system to resolve client’s legal problems.
The skills that are developed by working steps 4 through 9 are honed by working steps 10 through 12 on a daily basis.
The change in perspective produced from actively working a 12 step program (10 – 12) produces a better quality of life. Clients are better able to identify what really makes them happy and are free to pursue that happiness. Unrealistic expectations and goals can be shed, our energies can properly expended and a feeling of peace and contentment can be found. With proper maintenance, recovery can be sustained for a lifetime.