Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to nicotine users, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Step Twelve may be the «last» Step, but that does not mean we are at an end. We have gained much, yet this is an opening to a way to live our lives purposefully. There are members who, upon working Step Twelve, return immediately to Step One and work through the Steps again with the deeper understanding they have gained. Others may wait, but still know that working the Steps is an ongoing process. We work Step Twelve with an ever increasing gratitude for what this program has given us and are moved to let other nicotine users know there is hope in the recovery process.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, from the surrender in Step One to the improved conscious contact in Step Eleven, our spiritual awareness has grown. We are no longer shrouded in the darkness of our addiction. We have risen above our fears of inadequacy and intimacy. Our decisions and actions are guided by spiritual principles and we are living life on life’s terms—changing what we can, accepting what we cannot.
12-1: How do I describe my spiritual awakening experience as the result of my working the Steps?
12-2: What am I doing to maintain my spiritual awakening?
12-3: How have my feelings about myself changed?
12-4: How have my feelings about others in my life changed?
12-5: Have I thought that I am at the end, or stopping point, of a process?_Explain.
12-6: In what ways has my life’s path changed?
12-7: What new possibilities do I foresee for myself?
We tried to carry this message to nicotine users so that they may find the freedom for which we are so grateful. Our actions are given in a spirit of unconditional love, selfless service, and faithful commitment to our program’s principles. We know we have received a «gift.» We do not expect any form of reward for our efforts other than the fellowship’s experience that «we keep the gift by giving it away.» We serve the fellowship and preserve its ability to accomplish something good, to fulfill a kindly purpose, especially for the nicotine addict who still suffers.
12-8: What does «carrying the message» mean to me, and in what ways can it be done?
12-9: How many different ways have I carried the message?
12-10: How do I practice the NicA tool of service?
12-11: What has been my experience of sharing what I’ve learned with «veteran» members?
12-12: What has been my experience of sharing what I’ve learned with newcomers?
12-13: What has been my experience of sharing what I’ve learned with those who had never heard of Nicotine Anonymous before, but wanted to stop using nicotine?
12-14: How am I practicing unconditional love when attempting to help another nicotine addict?
12-15: How has the self-centeredness of addiction been replaced by selfless service to others?
12-16: As a sponsor, do I give advice or share my experience? Explain.
12-17: How am I living «the message»?
To practice these principles in all our affairs means to maintain our complete and continual commitment to the values that have recovered our lives. Our humility has shown we are not «perfect beings» and we need to continually practice being the person we have come to respect in all areas of our life. This means in our interactions at work, with family and friends, and all others with whom we come into contact in our daily lives. We do this by practicing the spiritual principles that have freed us from our active addiction, restored us to sanity, and improved our human experience.
12-18: At this point, how have I learned to incorporate into my life the following principles for each Step?
12-19: Do I practice these principles no matter how I feel on any given day? Explain.
12-20: Are there certain situations in which I find it challenging to practice these principles?_____Explain.
12-21: What am I doing to maintain my recovery?
If you feel you have worked the Steps in this workbook as fully and completely as you are able, and have completed the Twelfth Step, congratulations! You have done some major work on your recovery! We encourage you to sponsor someone in the program. Please reach out to newcomers and help them discover the rewards of working the Steps.
This workbook is intended to assist our members as they engage in «working the Steps.» For some members, this program is only for stopping their use of nicotine. For many others, they have either heard or are aware that there is much more that can be gained to enhance the quality of their lives by working and applying these Steps on a continual basis. After all, the result of Step Twelve is to have a spiritual awakening and to transform our addiction experience into an asset to help other nicotine addicts who seek recovery, as well as reminding us to practice the principles we have learned through this process in all aspects of our lives.
We hope that both newcomers and those who have previously worked through the Steps will find this workbook a useful guide to further both the understanding and the usefulness of the Steps. We suggest that members use this workbook with their sponsors or other experienced members. Aspects of each Step are focused on and briefly discussed. Each aspect is followed by a series of questions. We encourage members to write down their responses in whatever format they may choose. As you work through the questions you may decide to pass over some and return to them at a later time. You may also think of additional questions and/or longer answers. Please add them to your personal notations, using whatever method works best for you. Over time it can be valuable to revisit your responses and add any new perspectives. The pages in this workbook are 3-hole punched in order to facilitate greater versatility in using this book.
Reminder: the proper noun God and gender pronouns His and Him are in some of these Steps because the wording is based on the original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous written in 1939. Nicotine Anonymous’ adaptation of these Steps is not intended to imply an affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, or with any sect or denomination of any religion. Nicotine Anonymous is not a religion, nor does it have an «official» or «approved» spiritual path. Our program is based on universal spiritual principles and uses the concept referred to as God, Higher Power, or a Power greater than ourselves as an essential means to recover from our active nicotine addiction. Our Traditions guide us to focus on the principles and to avoid controversy, so that we may better fulfill our primary purpose to support our fellow nicotine addicts. Each member is free to come to his or her own understanding of a Power greater than him or herself and discover the value and purpose of involving a Higher Power in his or her life.