Getting Up, Getting Over, Getting On
A Twelve Step Guide to Divorce Recovery
by Micki McWade

Using the Twelve Steps
to Recover From Divorce

Change is a key word in divorce and the change is profound. Most of us, while we admit that change is good, find that it's also difficult. We like to stay with the familiar and comfortable. Even if a marriage has been unsatisfying for years and both parties are glad the end has come, there is still dramatic upheaval in the adjustment. Over the last 60 years, the Twelve Steps have proven useful and effective for those attempting to create movement toward a well-balanced life.

A marriage or relationship lasting for more than a few years has a life of its own and the relationship has had an impact on both parties. Also, family, friends, holiday celebrations and other social situations are often a part of our lives because of our marriage, and these will be redefined by the separation and/or the divorce.

For lots of us the stages of divorce go like this: first, we adjust to the end of a significant relationship, which usually includes a period of mourning. Second, we realize that there will be opportunities to make new choices and, third, we make these choices in a way that is conscious and good for us. In other words, we are getting up, getting over and getting on.

This is what the Twelve Step process is about. The Steps help us to separate the things we can do nothing about from the things we can. They help us to realize the power and potential in our own lives and promote forgiveness-of ourselves and others-so that we begin to achieve peace in our lives.

We invite you to join us on the Twelve Step road to recovery from divorce.

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