Helping Yourself Through Addiction Treatment Everyone is obsessed with self-help these days. What can we do to improve ourselves? Sometimes the answer is found in books, sometimes the advice of others, but more often self-improvement comes with experience. While all these things apply to those with a drug or alcohol problem, it’s also useful to get addiction treatment from professionals to guide the addict to all the resources that can be helpful to him or her when overcoming addiction. The Steps to Recovery Whether it’s the alcoholic who needs treatment for alcoholism, or the narcotics addict that needs help with drug treatment, the steps to recovery are the same with any addiction. The first is admitting you have a problem. The second is realizing there is a power greater than yourself that can restore you to sanity. The third is turning your will over to the care of a power greater than yourself.  After that, the real work begins in steps 4-12. These are from the oldest self-help book in the industry—the Big Book. Addiction Therapy Is a Group Effort While you are the key to your own recovery, addiction therapy requires the help of others. First, a person to show you the way through the steps—usually someone who has done them themselves. This could be a non-professional like an AA sponsor or a therapist or a rehabilitation specialist that you can go to on an outpatient or in-patient basis. Second, this person will allow you to understand how you can have a relationship with a power greater than yourself—whatever your conception of that may be. It doesn’t have to be God, but it can be. It can also be natural things like the ocean or even groups of people—like other people that are trying to or are recovered from alcoholism. Once you understand what your idea of a power greater than yourself is, you can use it as if you are part of a team and not just alone as you were in your addiction.