Brilliant comic, actor and author Russell Brand, has scored a perfect 12 with his new book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. He is 14 years in recovery from drugs, sex, fame and more. This book makes a 12 Step program of recovery humorous and accessible to anyone.
As Brand writes: “The program in this book has given me the freedom from all my addictions and it will do the same for you. This program offers nothing less than liberation from self-centeredness, a new perspective and freedom from the illusion of suffering for anyone who is willing to take the necessary steps.
Here is a list of the 12 Steps according to Brand. Disclaimer: Explicit language. For mature readers.
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction and our lives had become unmanageable. Russell Brand’s version: Are you bit f**ked?
Step 2: We came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Russell Brand’s version: Could you not be a bit f**ked?
Step 3: We made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand him. Russell Brand’s version: Are you, on your own, going to unf**k yourself?
Step 4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Russell Brand’s version: Write down all the things that are f**king you up or have ever f**ked you up and don’t lie, or leave anything out.
Step 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs: Russell Brand’s version: Honestly tell someone trustworthy about how f**ked you are.
Step 6: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Russell Brand’s version: Well that’s revealed a lot of f**ked up patterns. Do you want to stop it? Seriously?
Step 7: We humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings. Russell Brand’s version: Are you willing to live in a new way that’s not all about you and your previous f**ked up self?
Step 8: We made a list of people we harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Russell Brand’s version: Prepare to apologize to everyone and everything affected by your being so f**ked up.
Step 9: We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Russell Brand’s version: Now apologize. Unless that would make things worse.
Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. Russell Brand’s version: Watch out for f**ked up thinking and behaviour and be honest when it happens.
Step 11: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Russell Brand’s version: Stay connected to your new perspective.
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Russell Brand’s version: Look at life less selfishly, be nice to everyone, help people if you can.
Part of the profits from Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions goes to 12 Step and abstinence based recovery causes.