10 Reasons Why the 12-Step Program Works
True Stories of Addiction: Bryce
Bryce was a normal kid who grew up in a not so normal neighborhood. Everyone around him was using drugs to cope with their life, which made him disgusted with the idea of drugs. He never wanted to end up like his peers and steered clear of the people who were abusing substances in their daily lives. However, the idea of using drugs as a coping mechanism came to Bryce when he went through a horrible break up with a girl he loved dearly.
He did not know how to cope with this break up and turned to Heroin as an outlet. When Bryce was introduced to Heroin, his so-called friends told him it was Opium and not nearly as bad as Heroin so he kept using day in and day out for weeks. He eventually found out the truth, but that didn’t stop him. He fell in love with Heroin and the way it made him feel. It had the ability to take away his guilt, shame, heart-ache and depression. He felt like he was finally whole again when he was using and did not plan on stopping anytime soon.
After using Heroin for a long period of time, Bryce started using a larger variety of drugs, because the void in his heart kept growing. He would use whatever he could that would take him out of reality, even if it was just for a moment.
Bryce was miserable and introduced to the 12-step program when he was around 19-years old. However, he didn’t feel the 12-step program would work for him and didn’t try and apply it into his life to get better, so he kept using Heroin and other substances as his way of coping.
As time went on, Bryce got into some trouble with the law. His probation officer approached him and made it clear that if he didn’t go to detox and get treatment, he would be sent to prison. He felt as if he had nothing in life to live for and trying one more time to clean up his act wouldn’t harm him, so he went into detox.
Finding Recovery Through the 12-Step Program
When Bryce went into detox, he thought he was just going to get out and go use Heroin again, but instead, he went into a treatment program where his life changed forever. He now goes to 12-step meetings daily, works with a 12-step sponsor and has his own sponsee. This all happened in just a few months of him deciding to better the way he is living his life.
His old ideas of using Heroin are still there, but for the first time in his life he knows right from wrong and will not give into his temptations. He loves the life he lives today and believes in his heart he wouldn’t be living if it wasn’t for the 12-step program.
The 12-steps have taught him how to stay sober and have fun being sober. He has made so many unbreakable bonds with other people in the 12-step rooms and couldn’t imagine his life any different.
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