5 Ways the 12 Steps of NA Help You Create a Drug-Free Lifestyle

Stopping drug use is one thing. Staying drug-free is a whole different ballgame. Interestingly enough, many who successfully complete detox expect to be able to maintain continued abstinence. In actuality, addiction’s hold on your thoughts and behaviors will likely persist for months or even years after completing drug detox. Under these conditions, an unexpected relapse ….

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How the NA 12 Steps Can Help You Break Free From Addiction’s Hold

Anyone who’s gone through detox only to find him or herself back using drugs knows how addiction’s effects can linger on after stopping drug use. Once addiction takes hold, it’s not uncommon for addicts to go through multiple rounds of detox treatment before seeing any real results. Once you step back into the world drug-free, ….

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How Step 11 NA Helps You Embrace the Drug-Free Lifestyle

Step 11 – “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” The 12 Step program approach emphasizes the importance of spiritual growth and awareness throughout. While not all steps deal directly ….

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4 Ways Step 10 NA Can Help You Stay on Course

Step 10 – “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” In its entirety, the 12 Step program walks you through the growth stages involved with building a drug-free existence. By the time a person reaches Step 10 NA, much of the hard work is done. From here on out, ….

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5 Ways the NA Steps Can Get You Through the Day Drug-Free

Drug addiction’s effects can impact a person’s life in profound ways. For many, stopping drug use leaves behind feelings of hopelessness to the point where day-to-day living feels empty and lacks purpose. During the course of a growing addiction, a person develops an emotional attachment with drugs and the central role they play in his ….

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How Will the Narcotics Anonymous 12 Steps Help Me Stay Clean?

For many people, staying drug-free after months or years of chronic drug abuse becomes an ongoing challenge that eventually drains their willpower over time. In the absence of some form of treatment or guidance, addiction’s effects will hound a person until he or she can’t take it any longer. Narcotics Anonymous 12 Steps is designed ….

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Step 7 NA – 3 Ways Humility Makes You Stronger in Recovery

Step 7 – “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” The old saying “pride goes before the fall” addresses one of the biggest issues recovering addicts struggle with in recovery. Addiction naturally breeds a prideful state of mind where a person enters into a false sense of control as his or her life falls apart. ….

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Step 6 NA – Creating a Drug-Free Mindset

Step 6 – “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” Up to this point, Steps 1 to 5 have laid the groundwork for change to take place. With Step 6 NA, it’s time to ask for help with making these changes. Asking for help from a Higher Power may be ….

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3 Action Steps That Make Step 5 NA Worthwhile

Step 5 – “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Step 4 and Step 5 of the 12 Step process act as tag-team steps, where a person writes out past wrongs committed and then turns around and admits these wrongs to another person. If you’ve completed ….

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The 4th Step Inventory: The Nuts & Bolts of Addiction Recovery

Step 4 – “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” For many, the thought of doing a 4th Step inventory may well seem overwhelming considering the hard road addiction has left behind. Sitting down and listing all the wrongs you’ve committed and the people you’ve hurt can be a painful process for ….

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