12 Steps to Recovery


Newcomers Guide

So you think that you might be interested in or desperate for (or somewhere in-between) working a 12 step program? How do you get started?

•The first place to start is to get acquainted with at least the first step. Read through the comments to see what it is all about and comments about the other steps as well.
•See if you can find a face-to-face meeting in your area. There should be people in those meetings with varying levels of experience, sobriety and wisdom. Don’t be afraid of going. You may be amazed at the warm reception that you find. Many people have said that they finally felt like they were coming home when they went to a meeting. They no longer felt alone. Other good resources are online meetings or online social networks for recovery. They may be a little less personal, but oftentimes are more convenient, especially if there are not face-to-face meetings in your local area for your type of addiction.
•Do your best to find a sponsor or at least someone with whom you can have accountability. You will probably have to go to a few meetings and/or join some online social networks for recovery, ask a few questions and see who might be available and willing to be a sponsor or accountability partner. Use your best judgment in finding someone who will help you work your program of recovery.
•Work the steps of the program, beginning with step 1. Your sponsor or others in a meeting should be able to help you with this. There are also resources and tools on this website and other websites for helping you to work the program. There are 12 step worksheets for helping you to write out the steps. There is Recovery Journal software for answering questions about the steps in a software journal format along with keeping a journal for other uses. The worksheet questions have also been prepared for use with a commercial journaling software package called LifeJournal. There are online references for some standard texts like the Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book and the Narcotics Anonymous’ Standard Text. And there are numerous links to other web sites that cover different aspects of recovery, for different types of addictions and with different perspectives.
•The sooner that you start asking yourself the right questions and giving yourself honest answers, the better your life will be. The sooner that you begin working the steps, then the sooner that you can see the 12 promises come about in your life, like numerous others before you.

Here at HVRC, we use the 12-Step approach during the recovery process.  Our meetings consist of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous & Alanon.  While our meetings are closed and only for  patients & alumni, we do encourage you to find local meetings you are able to attend or seek more extensive treatment if necessary.  For help finding local AA meetings, please visit aa.com for assistance. We know that the path to recovery is a long and difficult one and we hope to help in anyway possible.  For more information about our program and how we can help you, please visit our website www.hvrc.com or call us at 866-273-0868.

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