1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.
“He whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.”
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.”
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”
“The truth shall set you free.”
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
we are all members of one body.”
And this friendly reminder sets the stage for the purpose of the remaining steps, ten through twelve...
10. We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. We 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.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
We started in a place of confronting and accepting ugly truth; then, we accepted God’s help with it. Next, we needed to face and change behavior in the relational context, accepting how our addiction caused pain and destruction. Those are all important. But there’s still more work to do.
The “more” of that work refers to its ongoing nature. We need to keep doing it. What is the recovery adage?
“It works if you work it.”
Scripture, the twelve steps and truth all act as guardrails, hedging us in safely. And that is a key point to remember as we choose truth over deception. It’s more than just being a good, honest person; it is also about being a healthy, honest person.
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
In recovery, the expression goes, “You’re as sick as your secrets.”
And, for most of us, those secrets are some version of a lie- and some form of impending destruction.
Therefore, as we deal with our addictions and recovery from them, we need to do more than just work the steps and the reading of some Bible verses. We need to truly examine how both truth and deception operate in our lives- even to this day. Like the image brain teaser, when we study what we think we already see, is there, in fact, something quite different there?
And then, what are we going to do with that optical illusion’s actual truth?
Copyright © 2016 by Sheryle Cruse