Practicing Principles

The principles we practice

1) Honesty

What we seek here is not “cash register” honesty so much as “to thine own self be true” or, to put it another way, getting real about our “problem”. When we admit our powerlessness and unmanageability, we have recognized there is a problem and can ask for help.

2) Hope

We admit we have a problem and accept that we cannot solve it on our own. Now we see that others can and have been helped and we are willing to believe that we can be helped too.

3) Faith

Now we know that help is available for us and are willing to believe it can work for us, so now we begin to let go of our “old behaviors”, as they didn’t work too well for us, and trust others who have gone before us. Most of all, we begin to trust God as we never really had before!

4) Courage

Surrendered to the fact that we cannot manage our own lives in our present state, we face our fears of the future, of changes, of our past and ask for help. We pray for guidance from God and ask for suggestions from others. We honestly admit we need help, relying on our new-found hope that we can change, bolstered by our faith that this is what God would have us do. We find the courage to reach out to God and others for help and to look at our past. Courage is not acting without fear but rather acting in spite of our fears.

5) Integrity

With God’s help we have discovered a lot about ourselves, especially where we had been selfish and self-centered. Being honest about ourselves with another person will confirm that we have been honest with ourselves and God, while also allowing us to become more willing to take advice and direction from others. In this way, we determine the exact nature of our wrongs.

6) Willingness

We started on this path willing to have our circumstances change and have discovered along the way that what needs to change is us. We admitted that we cannot change ourselves but came to believe that God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Drawing on our new-found courage, we become ready to “let go” of our old ways.

7) Humility

We humbly ask God to remove that which blocks us from service to Him and growth in our recovery. We trust that He has something better in store for us, and that it will be revealed in His time and His way.

8) Brotherly Love

We have been hurt and have hurt others emotionally, physically, financially and mentally. Forgiving others releases us from resentment toward them and making amends may release them from their resentment toward us. Becoming willing to do whatever it takes to repair the harm we’ve  done means laying aside others’ actions or reactions to us and reaching out in love to put things right. We accept the responsibility of our past actions, starting by listing those harmed then becoming willing to make amends to them all.

9) Justice

To amend is to “put right” or change for the better and we do this because we have a genuine desire to make reparations for what we have done. Response to our attempts may range from being held fully accountable to being completely excused, but we must be ready for the full consequences of our past acts and take responsibility for the well being of others at the same time.

10) Perseverance

By the action of applying these principles, we are changing and growing. Continued growth requires continued action, and we meet new challenges as they come, one day at a time. Every day is a new opportunity to learn and grow.

11) Spiritual Awareness

We cried out to God and He answered. The steps draw us near to Him and we see His presence manifest in our new lives. At first we prayed, asking for specific things to happen, but now, through faith, we seek only to know what He would have us do. We ask through prayer and listen for the answers through meditation. We are conscious of contact with Him whether asking or listening, and the more we do this, the more conscious contact with God do we have.

12) Service

We now see things in a whole new light. We serve God and our fellows, sharing what we received with others, helping wherever and whenever we can.

What the 12 Steps of recovery are

The 12 Steps of Recovery are a path “to find a power greater than yourself which will solve your problem” (Alcoholics Anonymous, p45). Underlying each step are “spiritual principles” which, when put into practice regularly, result in a “design for living” which follows the Biblical teachings of life based on hope, faith and love. First published in 1939, they have been adapted and applied to many lifestyle issues, and have proven to be a most effective means to achieve a psychic and moral change sufficient to bring about recovery from those issues, including alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, overeating and codependency. They are a plan of action, each step building on the preceding and ending in service to others while continuing to practice the principles of recovery in all our affairs.

Where we find 12 step recovery

Many of us came to 12 step recovery broken and helpless; in no condition physically or emotionally to even ask for the help we so desperately wanted and needed. Fortunately, others had come before us and knew how we felt. They were there to offer the same love and support they had received, practicing the same principles we would soon come to know.

Overcomers Outreach serves as a bridge to the different 12 step programs and churches. We seek to share Jesus Christ with others as the “highest power” and healer of all problems. All are welcome at our meetings, where we are able to share about Jesus in our lives. We use the 12 steps and the Holy Bible to discover these life changing principles and how to apply them to our daily lives.

Want Help?

Consider addiction as being hit by a bus. Does it really matter which bus? Lying there, seriously hurt, do we choose who to accept help from, which ambulance to take, or what hospital to go to? Of course not – We accept whatever help is there at the time.

There is help and guidance available to all in the various rooms of 12 step recovery, and many wonderful, loving people as well.

HELP FOR THE INDIVIDUAL

Alcoholics Anonymous (212)870-3400

Cocaine Anonymous (800)347-8998

Narcotics Anonymous (818)773-9999

HELP FOR THE FAMILY

Al-Anon (888)425-2666

Co-Anon (800)898-9985

Nar-Anon (800)477-6291

HELP FOR BOTH

OVERCOMERS OUTREACH

12828 Acheson Dr

Whittier, CA  90601

1-800-310-3001

www.overcomersoutreach.org

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