The 12 step treatment program is modeled after the Alcoholic Anonymous big book, which focuses on group therapy and support and working through 12-steps. The 12 step treatment model has been highly effective for many people since its inception in 1938 by Bill Wilson, also known, as Bill W. The 12 step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) or Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) create a safe environment where a person can go and listen or share their struggles and also their recovery milestones.
Treatment Programs that are 12 step based are formed around the group process. The treatment consists of various groups throughout the treatment day and 12 step meetings in the evening. The treatment team will help the client work through the 12 steps, often only working on the first few while in 30-90 days of treatment. Every individual is different and it will take each person different time frames to work through each step.
The 12 Steps
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 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 that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
12 Step Treatment Centers
The recommendation for 12 step program should be done in a licensed inpatient or residential setting with a comprehensive treatment team for increased safety and the best outcome. The treatment program will consists of a full treatment team including a psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, and 24 hour support staff. Call The Treatment Specialist now to discuss your options and to locate a safe and comprehensive 12 step program for you or your loved one.
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