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How do 12-step programs promote honesty?

by Ruvana P


Salena,  Twelve-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and others, are founded in the requirement that one must believe that only a greater power of truth, your Higher Power, can restore one to sanity or health. The second step of the twelve-step program is “Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Whatever our affliction or addiction may be, the source of our woundedness is rooted in our dishonesty about the way we are living our lives.

The healing power of truth is seen in step five of the twelve steps: “Admit to God [or your Higher Power], to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” This means tell the truth. Surrender, be honest, and tell the truth about your life. For many this is the first time that they have the courage and support to be honest about their lives and the choices they have made. Twelve step programs are all about telling the truth and beginning to live an honest life of integrity with the connection of your Higher Power, or the Divine.

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