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With a Jewish Voice: Step 12

With a Jewish Voice: Step 12


12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of this course of action, we tried to carry this message to others, especially alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

“If someone comes to you for assistance, and all you say to him is, “God will help you,” you become a disloyal servant of God. It is for you to understand that God has sent you to aid the needy and not to refer him back to God.” The Lelover Rebbe

Step 12 asks us to pay it forward. To carry the message. To give back what we have been given. A friend of mine in recovery was fond of saying, “I owe, I owe…,” singing it like one of the seven dwarfs. It plays in my head every time I get back to this step. I owe it to myself, I owe it to my friends, my partner and my family, and I owe it to the addict who struggles in the plastic chair next to mine. In this season of Thanksgiving, I give thanks.

Written by Eric Miller, Posted in Counseling Services

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Eric Miller

Eric Miller

In recovery since 2008, Eric has a great deal of knowledge about substance abuse. He couples his experience with his observant Jewish upbringing to offer a Jewish lens to the issues of addiction and sobriety.