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Step 12: We try to help other alcoholics and to practice these principles in everything we do.

Principle: Service

Our culture knows that the individual, the community and the land are so completely interconnected that for wellness or wellbriety, each must participate in the healing journey.

As individuals we can help our brothers and sisters who are still suffering from drug and alcohol abuse one-on-one. We can talk to them about what our lives were like, about the Journey we took to heal ourselves, about what we are like now, and our vision for the future. We can share the good that happened to us when we began to walk the Red Road by blending the Medicine Wheel Teachings of our traditions with the 12 Steps of A.A. We have had spiritual experiences and we found that the vision we created through our mind maps are now coming true in the 12th Step.

Text or Verse

The Elders say, "You can't keep what you don't give away, and you can't give away what you don't have."

Practice

Part of our 12 Sep work as Native Americans is to serve our families, communities, Nations and organizations. Our cultures have always been focused on giving back to the people and Mother Earth. As soon as we are able in our recovery, we will find joyous service in:

  • helping to conduct sobriety circles
  • assisting at traditional gatherings
  • becoming involved in community wellbriety activities
  • carrying the message of culturally-based healing to all who are still suffering

Resources

Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps for Men
Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps for Women
www.whitebison.org (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

Native American Rehab Center
Indigenous Path
www.stopyouraddiction.com (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

Red Road to Wellbriety in the Native American Way
www.whitebison.org (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

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