12 Step Treatment Programs

Today there are over one hundred programs using the principles adopted from the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.   Millions of people have recovered and currently maintain sobriety through spiritual principles set forth in various recovery programs.  Miraculously, these numbers far exceed founder, Bill W’s, prediction in 1939.

When choosing a drug rehab program for you or your loved one, consider a 12 step based facility.  This means that the addiction treatment program introduces the recovering individual to solution based 12 step programs as a means to recover from drug addiction or alcoholism.

In a 12 step based treatment center, patients are exposed to literature from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or both.  Meetings from local groups are brought in to the drug rehab center, which allows recovering addicts and alcoholics a chance to see the program actually working in peoples lives.  Simply identifying with recovered addicts and alcoholics gives those healing hope that they can live a life free from addiction.

During 12 step meetings, recovered addicts and alcoholics share their experience, strength and hope for part of the meeting, and then the meeting is open for sharing.  This allows the opportunity for those recovering to talk about their own personal experience, ask the speaker questions, and receive feedback.

12 step based facilities encourage sponsorship and working the steps thoroughly.  A sponsor is someone who has recovered, and the suffering addict or alcoholic asks them to mentor them and take them through the 12 steps.  Some 12 step based addiction treatment programs suggest sponsorship in treatment.  They may encourage meeting with a sponsor, and starting step work in the latent stages of the treatment program.

What do 12 step based treatment programs consist of?

Spiritual practices at 12 step oriented treatment programs involve the basic tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous that were developed from the Oxford Groups.  Bill Wilson took the ideas of this fundamentalist group and tailored them into a list of principles, or steps to help people suffering from alcoholism recover.  12 step based drug rehab facilities focus on the following concepts:

1.  We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – 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 our will and our lives over 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 another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

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

7.  Humbly asked 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 whenever 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 that out.

12.  Having has a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps; we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

These are the twelve steps, or principles for recovery as printed in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  These ideas are proven to result in healing and freedom from alcoholism.  In fact, other 12 step fellowships use these principles as they were created by Bill Wilson.  In most 12 step based addiction treatment programs only a few of these steps are usually practiced, and then the rest are worked by the individual with their sponsor after they have completed their inpatient rehabilitation.

Therapists and counselors in a 12 step based treatment center advocate the idea of choosing a personal conception of a Higher Power that is completely unique to the recovering individual.  The strength and guidance that a recovering addict or alcoholic receives from a principle based program can be the beginning of living a healthy life free from drugs and alcohol.  It can be the solution for permanent sobriety.

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