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SEA's 12 Step Program

Section 4: The SEA's 12 Steps Workbook
Self-Esteem Seekers Anonymous -

The SEA's Program of Recovery
By James J. Messina, Ph.D.

Table of Contents

12 Steps of SEA's and Directions for their use see below table of Contents

 The Twelve Steps of the SEA’s Program


Step 1. We admitted that we were powerless over the behavioral consequences of our low self‑esteem; that our lives had become unmanageable.


Step 2. We came to believe that our self‑esteem could heal and grow by our cooperating with a power greater than ourselves who is our Higher Power.


Step 3. We made a decision to develop a spiritual life in which our wills and lives would be open to the healing graces of our Higher Power.


Step 4. We made a searching and fearless inventory of our strengths and achievements as well as of our weaknesses and failures.


Step 5. We admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to others the exact nature of our strengths and weaknesses and of our achievements and failures.


Step 6. We were entirely ready to assist our Higher Power to affirm our positive and remove our negative behavioral traits.


Step 7. We humbly asked our Higher Power to give us the strength to let go of our shortcomings.


Step 8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.


Step 9. We made direct amends to such persons whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or ourselves.


Step 10. We continued to take a personal inventory and affirmed our goodness while promptly admitting our wrongs.


Step 11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power, praying for knowledge of what we are capable of becoming and the power to carry this out.


Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening or renewal as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others hurting from low self‑esteem and to practice these principles in our life.

Directions for use of this 12 Step Workbook

As you systematically work through the twelve steps of the SEA's program, read the material in each Step and respond to the questions in your journal. Each Step contains key words or concepts, which are explored in the questions under each step. Your recovery from the negative behavioral impact of self-esteem is dependent on your honest assessment, admission, and acceptance of the steps you need to take in order to ensure your personal recovery. Most likely over your lifetime you will need to review these twelve steps, so for later reference keep in a safe place your 12 Step Recovery Journal along with the other Recovery Journals you have completed while working on the Tools for Coping Series materials.