During our addiction/alcoholism we lose our self-esteem along the way. Deep inside we begin to feel worthless and alone. As we begin our journey into recovery we recognize the characteristics of low self-esteem. The 12 steps teaches us tools for reclaiming ourselves and building self worth. It begins with acceptance of our disease. The fellowship of 12 step meetings shows us people care about us, and teaches us to care about ourselves. Working the steps we can become individuals again and our self-esteem slowly restores.