Joining a 12-step based treatment facility has many rewards. The understanding of 12 step programs builds confidence, spirituality, and hope for the future. Addiction is a disease that takes control of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment can help regain control and create a new life for the addict. The Big Book from Alcoholics Anonymous is the original 12 step program. Many other 12 step programs have become useful. All 12 step programs have the same message and following the values will create success in recovery.
The original 12 steps are as follows:
- We admitted we were powerless over addiction, 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 result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Benefits of 12 Steps in Treatment
Receiving treatment joined with a 12 step program will improve the chances for success in recovery. Having a full understanding of the steps supports the addict by breaking down the process of recovery. The past holds the addict’s wrongdoings. Reviewing the wrongs helps the addict recognize what change in behaviors needs to be made. Continued growth comes with following the rest of the steps.
Benefits of 12 Steps after Treatment
The idea behind the 12 steps is to encourage the addict to stay sober and have a happier, healthier life. After treatment dedication is needed for continued success. Joining a 12 step program holds the addict accountable for sobriety.
Without guidance, treatment seems daunting. Design for Change incorporates the 12 steps into treatment to ensure success in recovery. You can find hope in recovery by calling (877) 267-3646