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Old 07-21-2012, 02:35 AM   #1 (permalink)

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Do these steps apply to substance abuse too?

Hi everyone...I would really like to start the 12 steps recovery programme as the non-addict girlfriend... but do these steps just apply to alcoholics?? My bf is a recovering cocaine addict. Thanks
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the 12 steps of many recovery programs have been adapted from the original 12 steps of AA, which were adapted from the oxford group. the wording of the steps is a lil different for each recovery program, but the principles behind the steps are the same.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:16 PM   #4 (permalink)

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Hi Lara,

I read your first thread here to get a sense of what you are going through. In a very real sense, it doesn't matter whether the drug is cocaine or alcohol...both are an addiction. But, more importantly, the 12 steps here in the F&F forum, are entirely for YOU, not the addict. The addict has their own recovery if they chose.

I will tell you this. I came here for the same reason you came here...because we both are hurting due to the actions of another. I did as someone suggested in your first thread to you about reading a lot of recommended books to help me learn about the addiction. The most important advice was to go to Al-Anon and by the 12 steps towards our recovery.

I did the 12 steps here at SR because I am a writer and writing (including journals) help me. I am so grateful for CatsPajamas posting the 12 steps here because they were a large part of my recovery. I read, wrote, listended, talked, cried, had a couple great friends here that helped me, and worked these 12 steps. Working them honestly forced me to look at ME, not the addict and they eventually changed ME so I am now able to cope with the fallout of my wife's addictions.

I hope you are able to work the steps, either here or with an Al-Anon sponsor, or both. I believe that SR and these steps pulled me out of the deep hole of despair I was in when I made my first post here. I know what you are going through and I know how you feel. I truly wish you well and please take care of YOU.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #5 (permalink)

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There are groups called NarAnon, (narcotics), AlAnon (alcoholics) a cocaine family group...all sorts of groups that have steps and SPONSORS who are critical to help you work steps...just like the addict groups.
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