You’ve heard of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” so get ready for Drug Treatment Center Finder‘s “Twelve Days of Sobriety.”
In light of the holidays, we have created our own recovery-themed interpretation of the famous Christmas carol. Instead of turtle doves and partridges in pear trees, our version includes working steps and second chances.
There are many ways a person suffering from addiction can get sober. When people think about addiction recovery, they usually think about the alcohol and drug rehabs where addicts go to receive a variety of treatments that allow them to regain their health and independence.
However, there are other ways and a number of other resources available for addicts to overcome their addictions. For instance, twelve-step programs are a popular alternative to rehabs.
So, if the winter holidays have you stressed in early recovery or looking for some silly fun in sobriety, enjoy our “Twelve Days of Sobriety” below!
In Twelve Days of Sobriety, My Recovery Gave to Me:
Twelve Working Steps
Naturally, the twelfth day would have to reference the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which are at the center of the twelve-step method. By working the steps, a person can accept his or her powerlessness to addiction, beseech the higher power of his or her understanding for the strength to become and remain sober, take an inventory of character defects, make a concerted effort to make amends with anyone harmed over the course of his or her addiction, and continue using the steps to remain sober.
Eleven Vapers Vaping
Most people who start attending twelve-step support group meetings notice that the majority of the group’s attendees seem to either be drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, or both. There have been some to suggest that newly-recovered addicts substitute their substances of choice with things like coffee or cigarettes because these are things they can always been seeking and imbibing without them having any major effect on one’s life. With e-cigarettes and “vaping” becoming such a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, it’s becoming extremely common to see recovering addicts vaping together.
Ten Good Suggestions
Suggestions are like elbows: everybody has one. In any given situation, there’s always going to be that person who has had a similar experience and who feels that he or she has acquired some sort of transcendent insight that others must heed. Over the course of recovery, a person is bound to hear thousands of suggestions and pieces of advice. The best thing to do is consider it for a moment, decide whether it’s good, usable device, and take it from there.
Nine Cliché Slogans
Recovery is one of those things that seems to attract cliché sayings and adages. In fact, even people who have never experienced addiction or had a loved one become addicted have heard some of the common recovery clichés and have likely even used some of them. A few of the most common include the reference to taking “one step forward and two steps back,” “your worst day sober is still better than your best day drinking/using,” and “relapse is just part of the recovery process.” Some are true and some aren’t, but you’ll encounter an endless supply of them in recovery.
Eight Maids Amending
Much like sponsorship, making amends is another concept that’s central to the twelve-step method. Over the course of the Twelve Steps, people are encouraged not to merely apologize for the things they’ve done to others, but to make amends for them. The difference between apologizing and making amends is that apologizing is simply expressing remorse and regret while not really doing anything to make up for one’s wrongdoing.
On the other hand, amends refers to a restoration of balance and of actually taking some sort of action to make up for a prior wrongdoing. Making amends is important because it helps people to feel better about themselves after the things they did while in active addiction, and being able to overcome guilt will eliminate a very common relapse trigger.
Seven Second Chances
The concept of second chances can be quite complicated or even convoluted. On the one hand, it’s often said that people deserve second chances and that it’s good to be forgiving. However, it’s also said that a person shouldn’t be too forgiving or it can cause them to leave themselves vulnerable to harm. Therefore, second chances should be given only on a case-by-case basis, which is why they were mentioned in our song.
A support group is an asset to lasting sobriety and abstinence. In fact, since a person’s friends can either encourage or discourage substance abuse, friends can likewise make or break recovery. When a recovering addict’s friends are supportive of their sobriety and participate in the process with prayer or by attending support group meetings, the individual’s sobriety is reinforced and it’s much more likely that they will continue to remain sober.
Five Family Sponsees
Sponsorship is a central part of twelve-step programs. Each new member is strongly encouraged to find a sponsor in their first few weeks of recovery. The purpose of a sponsor is for them to serve as a newcomer’s mentor, helping them learn the ideology behind each of the Twelve Steps, how to complete each step, and the implications of completing each step.
While the sponsor is the mentor, the person who’s being sponsored—the newcomer who’s learning and working the steps—is called the sponsee. On this fifth “day,” the word “family” refers to the close bond that develops between a sponsor and sponsee. People are strongly discouraged from having relatives as their sponsors, but a sponsor becomes like family over the course of recovery.
Four Awkward Shares
In recovery, a person is encouraged to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This is a great way to reconcile any disruptive emotions that might have been causing distress. Additionally, sharing is an important part of support group meetings, especially Alcoholic Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. However, it’s inevitable that a person will either share something that makes others feel awkward or hears something awkward that’s been shared by someone else.
Three Wheres and Whens
The meaning behind this third day is about reflection on the past. However, there’s a fine line between reflecting and dwelling. Virtually every addict will have committed heinous deeds while they were in active addiction, which might even mean hurting their loved ones. It’s not good to dwell on past mistakes, but it’s good to be aware of them to the extent that they can be learning experiences.
Two Service Jobs
While in active addiction, a person loses many things: their health, financial stability, relationships, and career. Unfortunately, the substance abuse becomes the most important thing in their lives. As such, it becomes incredibly difficult for an addict to hold down any job, especially when there’s any type of drug screen involved. This often means service-oriented jobs.
However, this is also the type of job that addicts tend to seek when they’re in the early stages of recovery. Service-oriented jobs are often more flexible and don’t involve as much responsibility as other fields, making it ideal for those who are still acclimating to sobriety and need to get used to working again. And depending on the type of service job, it can feel good to help others or provide them with some type of service that improves their lives.
…And One White Chip for Serenity!
When a person begins attending twelve-step group meetings in order to get sober, they will receive sobriety tokens, coins, or “chips” to commemorate the amount of sober time the individual has accumulated. The 24-hour chip is the white one, and it signifies the first of many days that will pass without resorting to alcohol or drug abuse.
It also symbolizes the turning point in an addict’s life when they make the decision to give up this highly destructive and dangerous vice. Therefore, it made sense to end our song with the very first chip a person gets after joining a twelve-step program.
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