Personal Changes During Recovery
If you are seeking recovery from substance abuse, the 12 program steps will work you through important cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social and spiritual changes.
Cognitive changes - Understand how your thinking has been affected by your substance use, including denial of the problem and recognition of the negative consequences of your abuse.
Emotional changes - Understand how certain emotional states such as anger and loneliness can lead to substance abuse, and learn how to effectively cope with these emotions.
Behavioral changes - Understand how substance abuse has affected your whole life and how many of your habits have supported your abuse. Get and stay active in the program.
Social changes - Attend and participate in program meetings, obtain and develop a relationship with a sponsor, contact the program whenever you're concerned about relapse, and reevaluate your relationships with people who enable your abuse.
Spiritual changes - Experience hope that you can stop using the substance, develop a belief and trust in a power greater than your own willpower, and acknowledge your own problems, including immoral or unethical acts and harm done to others as a result of your substance abuse.