The 12 Steps To Recovery From Bad Use

Hi, I’m Luke. I’m an addict to clenching and pulling down.

F.M. Alexander, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change about my use, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

The first step to recovery is to accept that we are powerless to inhibit our needless tension patterns and that as a result our lives have become unmanageable.

We come to believe that a power greater than ourselves will restore us to sanity. This Higher Power helps us to free our necks so our heads can release forward and up.

We’ve made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to this Higher Power.

We’ve made a searching and fearless inventory of our needless compression patterns.

We’ve admitted to our Alexander teacher the exact nature of our wrongs.

We’re entirely ready for our teacher to remove all defects of use.

We’ve humbly asked our teacher to remove all shortcomings.

We’ve made a list of all persons we’ve harmed through our needless use of unhelpful habitual postures of thinking, feeling and acting and become willing to make amends to all.

We’ve made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were stiff-necked we admitted it.

We sought through active rest and regular lessons to improve our use and to develop our inhibition.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all areas of our lives.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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