When you’re in rehab, your anonymity is important. So, too, is the anonymity of the others you’re in rehab with or attend group sessions with. The importance of anonymity in rehab is a principal foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous, hence the name.
Why is anonymity important to recovery? How can you ensure you protect the anonymity of others in recovery?
Why Anonymity and Rehab Go Hand in Hand
Anonymity is important to recovery because:
It Ensures Everyone in the Recovery Group Is on Equal Terms
When you’re in treatment, whether it’s a long-term stay in a private addiction rehab or attending regular AA meetings, you need to feel comfortable in your environment. You need to feel as if you belong in the group.
If you find out one of the members of the group is a CEO of a major corporation, for example, you may be intimidated.
Twelfth Step: We Spiritually Awoke, Carried the Message and Practiced
“Having had a spiritual awakening as result of these steps we tried to carry this message to addicts/alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs”
The first and foremost Spiritual Principle in Step Twelve is Service. It would seem the Twelfth Step would be a culmination of all the previous steps. In a way it is, but we are also introduced to a few new ones, too. Among them is Service as the basis for this Step, and for that we are grateful. For without the Spiritual Principle of Service, none of us would even know about 12 Step Programs. Everyone that is in recovery is so, due to this step. Someone in recovery created, printed and brought meeting lists to the probation/parole office. Someone in recovery introduced our judicial system to the benefits of meetings.
Eleventh Step: We Sought
“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.”
The main Spiritual Principle of Step Eleven is Spirituality. What is Spirituality? The beautiful thing about AA and NA is that Spirituality is whatever you decide it to be. Neither the program nor the fellowship can decide for you. Although by the time we’ve reached this step, we already have a relationship with a God of our understanding. It is in the Eleventh Step where we”…improve our conscious contact with God.” We do what we can to enhance this relationship further.
In Step Eleven, like any good relationship, we nurture, grow and expand upon this relationship with our Higher Power. The Spiritual Principle of Commitment plays an important part of the Eleventh Step.
Tenth Step: We Continued
“We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it.”
“Ugh, I’m so tired of looking at myself! When do I get a break? How much longer do I have to do this stuff?” Since we’ve made it this far, it only makes sense to go a little further. Step Ten is when we practice the Spiritual Principle of Perseverance. We have to remember, Recovery is something we get to do. Not everyone gets this opportunity to learn about and practice Spiritual Principles while making mistakes along the way. We are freely given a new way to live by our forefathers, it is truly an honor and a privilege to be in Recovery. Working the Tenth Step is a huge part of continuing on our journey and persevering.
Self-discipline greets us straight on in Step Ten.