“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Step 1 marks the day we decided to stop drinking and start celebrating our potential.
Step 2: Trust
“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Step 2 is the moment we realised that we had the resources to overcome the control addiction had on us.
Step 3: Liberation
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
Step 3 allowed us to let go of anxiety and welcome positive change.
Step 4: Understanding
“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Step 4 is the action we took to embrace our inner confidence.
Step 5: Acknowledgement
“Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
Step 5 marks the achievement of visiting difficult memories and seeing them from new perspectives.
Step 6: Freedom
“We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
Step 6 led us toward our higher power (be it personal or religious) and allowed it to help us thrive.
Step 7: Growth
“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
Step 7 gave us the tools to accept guidance from others.
Step 8: Reflection
“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Step 8 inspired us to reflect on mistakes without dwelling on the past.
Step 9: Forgiveness
“Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”
Step 9 gave us the opportunity to make peace with those whom we had wronged.
Step 10: Continuity
“Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
Step 10 motivated us to continue making positive progress.
Step 11: Connection
“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.”
Step 11 is the stage we made eternal connection, to persevere through difficult times.
Step 12: Helping others
“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
Step 12 encouraged us to pass on our wisdom, helping others to achieve their recovery story
It’s December already, and while many of us are hiding presents and getting ready for family, for others, Christmas can be a difficult period. Port for Santa, eggnog and brandy on the pudding make alcohol an unavoidable theme around the festive season, so it’s a testing time for anyone in recovery from addiction.
On the 12-days before Christmas, we will be reminding everyone of the 12-steps that build strength and connection in our recovery programme. We hope these daily reminders will reinforce the progress everyone accomplished during their treatment, as each step represents the fantastic achievement people have made or are going to make in their rehabilitation. Although they have a different meaning to each person, these steps make up the framework that keeps us on the recovery path and encourage us to remain strong through difficult times.
By providing an opportunity to have open and honest discussions, our clients can discuss each of the 12 steps and what each step means to them. For anyone struggling with addiction, this offers insight into the healing process and provides daily motivation in the lead up to Christmas.
The UKAT Alumni team will also be active in providing its free support service, checking in with clients over the phone and making sure that their recovery journey is still on track.
For anyone not a part of the Alumni network, we will be providing regular information about other free support services available, to ensure that everyone knows where they can turn to for help if needed. The directory at the bottom of this page can also be used to access free treatment across the UK.
Make sure to check back on this on this page every day, as we reveal a new festive reminder of the 12-step programme each morning, in the calendar above. Let each window be a reminder of how far you’ve come and enjoy a sober Christmas!
Christmas activities over Zoom
To round off the end of what has been an unexpected year, we’ve pulled together a list of interactive events to get involved in this December. These activities are a healthy support system for those with all types of addiction, including narcotics, porn and eating disorders.
Take a look at the table below to find out what’s taking place.
UKAT incorporates the community and support of these steps into our diverse inpatient programme, alongside holistic treatments such as CBT, mindfulness and yoga, to encourage long-term recovery. We also offer our Strengths model for those interested in an alternative approach.
If you are looking for free or outpatient treatment instead, please use the directory below to check availability in any area, by clicking on the desired county.