Recovery Week 2021 runs from 15th – 21st November
This year we are focusing on the steady journey to achieve recovery from addiction with the theme – One Step At a Time.
The most important thing we must understand is that no one is ever able to recovery from addiction instantly. Addiction recovery is a gradual process. There isn’t a definite finish line. There isn’t a single moment when you make the transition from addict to fully recovered.
You must take it One Step At A Time.
We’re inviting you to share your own thoughts, your stories, reach out for help and encourage others who may need to do the same! You can do this on social media or share your story using the box at the bottom of this page.
Discover The Steps
AA’s 12-Step approach follows a set of guidelines designed as “steps” to overcome an addiction to alcohol and members can revisit these steps at any time. Although the 12 Steps are based on spiritual principles, many nonreligious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasises the presence of God as each participant understands God, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs.
In England and Wales, provisional data shows that in 2020 there were 7,423 alcohol-specific deaths (around 13 per 100,000 people). This is a 19.6% increase in deaths from 2019].
In England, there are an estimated 602,391 dependent drinkers (2018.19), of whom 82% are not accessing treatment.
Taking part in a proven program is the first step to tackling such a large problem.
Who Developed The Twelve Steps?
The creation of Alcoholics Anonymous was already in motion as Bill Wilson realised alcoholism was to blame in the downfall of his career. As Wilson attempted to treat the disease through hospital stays, he knew he needed something more to achieve sobriety.
In 1935, Wilson was introduced to Dr. Bob Smith and his life was changed forever as he finally overcame alcoholism. Smith and Wilson went on to form their own group: Alcoholics Anonymous. The first ever edition of the Alcoholics Anonymous guiding manual Alcoholics Anonymous was written by Wilson in 1939. The original “Big Book” outlines the program’s 12 principles and the 12 steps for achieving sobriety.
Why Do The 12 Steps Work?
The prominence of this type of treatment as well as success stories from recovering addicts suggest it is effective. At the very least, the 12-Step model provides support, encouragement and accountability for people who genuinely want to overcome their addiction.
Real Life Stories
Watch Lauren Windle as she explains her addiction and recovery process…
As Johann Hari says in his famous talk “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection”.
If you feel that you need expert help and advice, please do get in touch with The Recovery Lodge team here.