What is 12-Step Addiction Treatment
The 12 steps offer a structured, spiritual pathway to addiction recovery, guiding individuals through self-examination, amends, and personal growth.
Understanding The 12 Steps of Addiction Recovery
The 12 Steps program was initially developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and has become increasingly popular for treating substance use disorders (for both drugs and alcohol).
It serves as a guiding structure for helping individuals work through and overcome their battle with addiction.
What are the 12 steps?
The 12 Steps for addiction treatment include:
- Admitting powerlessness
- Belief in a higher power that can help
- Giving control over to the higher power
- Personal inventory (fearless moral inventory)
- Admitting to a higher power, yourself, and others your wrongdoings (and the exact nature of your wrongs)
- Accepting the higher power needs to correct your shortcomings
- Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings
- Making a list of people you have harmed and being willing to make amends
- Making direct amends to such people you have hurt
- Continuing taking personal inventory and admitting when you are wrong
- Seeking connection with higher power
- Sharing the 12 steps with someone else
Are the 12 Steps Only For Alcoholics?
No, the 12 Steps are not just for individuals struggling with alcoholism. In fact, many people with a variety of drug addictions have found the 12 Steps framework to be very beneficial. Whether you have an addiction to opioids, benzos, meth, or others, this type of addiction treatment can help with personal growth and self-improvement, help you to make direct amends where needed, provide a spiritual awakening (if desired), and help you to maintain sobriety throughout life.
It’s important to note that the severity and duration of these symptoms can vary widely from person to person and depend on various factors. The medical supervision and support provided during drug detox at a New England recovery center can help manage these symptoms and ensure the safety and well-being of individuals undergoing the process.
Benefits of the 12-Step Program for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
The 12 Steps are known for providing benefits to those who are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. While some of these benefits can be guided by various spiritual principles (which is up to each individual), the overall benefits the Steps can offer include:
The 12 Steps offer a structured approach to addiction recovery that provides individuals with a specific framework to follow. This can be helpful to those during the early stages of recovery.
Many group therapy sessions follow the 12 Steps framework. This means individuals have consistent access to mutual support groups and a network of those who have experienced similar struggles during their addiction recovery process.
Opportunity for Personal Growtht
Working through each of the 12 Steps provides an opportunity for individuals to make specific changes in their life, make amends for past wrongs, and reflect on how they can become an improved version of themselves.
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The 12 Steps are known for helping individuals not just reach sobriety, but also stay sober throughout life. Many individuals find the Steps helpful especially when they reach a moment of struggle in their life.
Following the 12 Steps during addiction treatment makes it possible to empower other people during their recovery journey. In group sessions, individuals frequently share their personal progress and are encouraged to support others as well.
How the 12 Steps are Included in Drug Rehab
A Twelve Step program can be incorporated into various substance abuse treatment services, including Partial Hospitalization programs, Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP), general Outpatient Treatment, and Aftercare and Alumni Programs.
A partial hospitalization program is ideal for those who need medication-assisted treatment along with significant structure throughout their addiction treatment program. This is an outpatient program, so individuals attend therapy sessions on-site at the rehab facility and then return home in the evenings – this makes it ideal for those with children, work, and other daily responsibilities. general Outpatient Treatment, and Aftercare and Alumni Programs.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
An IOP is similar to a partial hospitalization program but is ideal for those who have medically stabilized and are in good health, or for those who have just completed a partial hospitalization program.
Outpatient treatment is for those who need the least amount of structure during the addiction treatment program. This general outpatient program serves as a transition between an IOP and returning to their regular schedule.
As mentioned, each of the above drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs incorporates the 12 Steps throughout therapy sessions – including during individual sessions, group, and family therapy.
Aftercare and Alumni Programs
Even after completing an addiction treatment program, recovery services and support groups can still be extremely valuable throughout life. After clients transition back to their regular schedule and no longer need outpatient treatment, we provide them with access to various groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, as well as individual therapy sessions.
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