What does it mean to really live? Many people say things like, “I want to live, not just exist.” It’s not only what you say and believe, it’s what you do and achieve. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe in the power of words. Yet, are you really living the 12 steps of NA with more than just your words?
I would love to use the word “working” the 12 steps of NA because that’s what the common vernacular seems to be, no matter where you attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings. But, if you have read through the NA book called Living Clean, then you might remember this quote in Chapter Seven which is titled The Journey Continues:
Consistent application of the tools of recovery changes us. The process is ongoing. We don’t just work the steps; we come to live them. They shape how we think, how we feel, and how we respond to the world. The steps teach us to grow up and help others. (Narcotics Anonymous, 2012, p. 220)
Before we attempt to decipher what this means for you and if you are really living the 12 Steps of NA, let’s take a look at some recovery tools. If you aren’t fully aware of everything you have available to you, then how can you truly work and live out the 12 Steps?