The 12 steps to recovery is an effective approach to drug or alcohol addiction treatment we fully embrace.
We also know the 12-steps can be most beneficial when combined with other substance abuse treatment methods, such as behavioral therapies, motivational enhancement therapy, and psychiatric care. For that reason, we make it a part of your comprehensive, customized addiction treatment strategy.
Never heard of the 12 steps? That’s okay.
To help patients who have minimal or no knowledge of the 12-steps approach to recovery, we apply the research-based and thoroughly tested Open Doorways toolkit developed by the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Philadelphia. This method of introduction guides patients through a series of interactive sessions, including:
- Asking Question About 12-Step: This introduces the steps to patients and allows them to voice any questions and concerns . For instance, 12-Step encourages reliance on a spiritual foundation. But many groups give individuals the freedom to choose their own version of a “Higher Power.” This choice often helps patients let go of any religious resentments or preconceived prejudices toward spiritual practices.
- Finding the Right Fit: This session encourages patients to attend a 12-step meeting to establish what might serve as the best group in the patient’s “community of recovery.”
- The First Steps––Acceptance & Surrender: Patients are introduced to the first three steps. They’ll explore themes of acceptance, powerlessness, and surrender. They’ll reflect on what a Higher Power means to them and learn to recognize defense mechanisms that keep them stuck in addictive patterns.
- Sponsorship and Making Connections: In this session, patients are introduced to the sponsor and sponsee relationship and taught the importance of making connections with others.
- The Steps––Building Healthy Relationships: This session helps develop a further understanding about the 12-steps and encourages pages to attend a meeting and work the steps.
Applying the steps.
The 12-step approach to rehabilitation treatment is embraced throughout the world, so it’s always easy to find support where you are or wherever you go. Accordingly, we advise patients to keep in contact with ‘sober supports’ they make during treatment at one of our locations. We also encourage them to continue attending 12-step groups on a regular basis after discharge. Being able to discuss mistakes or relapses, as needed, in a supportive environment helps to keep patients accountable for their actions.
At Recovery Centers of America, we provide transportation to weekly 12-step meetings held by members of the local community and host meetings for the community at some of our sites, as well. We also offer spiritual services on-site, and people of all faiths are welcome to attend.
About the 12-Steps
The 12-Step approach to treatment is one of the of the most well-known methods of recovery in the world.
First created in 1935, this rehab modality has spawned multiple 12-step fellowships and has, through the concepts of honest self-evaluation and affirmation of certain virtuous principles, become a staple of alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs.
The values of the 12-steps are omnipresent throughout our treatment plans. We believe in every patient’s ability to thrive with proper treatment, and having a disciplined 12-step foundation can help maximize that.
The 12-Step Fellowship
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the results of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.