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12-Step Programs for Addiction

When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, getting treatment from a reliable rehab facility will always be the best path towards recovery. Also, 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can provide the tools for the motivation to stay sober every day. Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process, but these programs can make the process possible.

AA and NA meetings are popular all over the world. For the most part, the addiction treatment community is supportive of these programs because of the value they bring to addiction sufferers everywhere. We offer 12-Step programs because we see how many lives they’ve changed.

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What Is the History Behind 12-Step Programs?

The first organized 12-Step program was AA. Back in 1935, Bill Wilson, a gentleman with a significant drinking problem, went looking for help. When he came upon another individual who once had a similar drinking problem, they began conversing about it.

Wilson found that the former alcoholic channeled his belief in a Higher Power to stay sober. After, he consulted with a mental health treatment professional. Wilson came to realize there was value in a strong support network and power through spiritual belief. Hence, the first meeting of AA came to be.

About 20 years later, drug addiction sufferers took what AA had developed and put their own twist on it. They successfully brought NA to life for the benefit of other drug addiction sufferers. By the time both programs were moving forward, the actual 12 Steps became the common thread that runs through both programs.


What Are the 12 Steps?

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

3. Made a decision to turn the will and our lives to the care of God as we understood him

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to other human beings the exact nature of our wrongs

6. We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

7. Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings

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

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it

11. 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 it out

12. Having has a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry the message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in our daily life


What Are the Benefits of a 12-Step Program?

When someone is suffering from an addiction problem, they typically feel alone. They suffer in silence and oftentimes lose their way. Unfortunately, they don’t always know where to turn for help. That is where 12-Step programs provide benefits. It gives people someplace to go to talk with others who have similar problems.

While participating in 12-step meetings, each member gets a chance to share. Sometimes, they might choose to be quiet. Other times, they might want to share information about their struggles or recovery. Regardless of what every member shares, others in the room benefit from what their peers are saying.

Ultimately, the biggest benefit comes from the camaraderie and the support each member gets from other members. There is very little in this world more important than one struggling person helping another.


Who Can Benefit From a 12-Step Program Within an Addiction Treatment Center?

Given the value of 12-Step programs, a lot of top rehabs will include such meetings as part of the rehab’s curriculum. They do this for two reasons.

First, the concept of the 12-Steps is essentially the end game of every treatment program. The rehab facility’s staff members want each client to do the following:

  • Admit they are powerless over drugs and alcohol
  • Take inventory and identify the wrongs that took place while under the throes of addiction
  • Right those wrongs and find solutions
  • Continue to always be accountable for staying sober

Second, the rehab’s staff wants the opportunity to introduce clients to the 12-Step mentality. At the end of the day, they hope clients will see the value of 12-Step programs. If they do, clients will always have a strong resource they can count on when the possibility of relapse inevitably appears.

The bottom line is this: anyone and everyone can benefit from 12-Step programs in rehab. It’s just a matter of the rehab’s staff running the programs properly. Our facility knows the key to making this program work is inclusivity.


When Is It Time To Seek Out a 12-Step Program?

There are two appropriate times for someone to seek out a 12-Step program. First, it’s perfectly okay for someone to participate in a 12-Step meeting before getting treatment. The rooms are there for people who desperately want to fight back against their addictions.

Second, 12-Step programs remain as one of the best aftercare resources a recovering addict can find. The rooms have lots of people who are in the very same boat.

To summarize, it’s always the right time to seek out help and comfort from 12-Step programs. Other than rehab, there is nowhere better suited for someone who really wants to return to a life of happiness and sobriety.

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Can People Who Aren’t Religious Benefit From a 12-Step Program?

One of the biggest misconceptions about 12-Step programs is that they have ties to religious beliefs like God. In reality, that isn’t true. The programs are grounded in spiritual recovery from addiction, not religion. The mention of God and addiction is followed by “of their understanding.” A spiritual person finds power and peace in what they wish. That looks different for each person.


The Integration of Rehab Treatment and 12-Step Programs

All things in treatment are supposed to lead clients to recovery. First, a sub-acute detox program gives clients a chance to get safely past their withdrawal symptoms. Second, a residential treatment program allows the client to learn the truth about the causes of their addiction. Hence, they can build coping skills to combat triggers.

Finally, 12-step programs can give recovering addicts a guide on how to live their lives in recovery. At the end of the day, everything comes together to make a lasting impact. Contact us now to learn more about how a 12-Step program could benefit you or a loved one.


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