Outpatient Services: Traditional 12-step
Fighting addiction is among the most challenging battles you’ll ever encounter. However, it doesn’t have to be a battle you fight alone. With the guidance of a 12-step treatment program and a strong support system by your side, you can move forward with confidence.
The first 12-step program debuted in Akron, OH in 1935 and was led by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith as a part of the newly-organized Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. Operating in an anonymous, judgment-free group setting, this revolutionary practice laid the foundation for the addiction therapy techniques in use today. With a focus on inner strength, spirituality, and forgiveness, the 12 Steps govern programs throughout The Treatment Center Outpatient Services. If you would like to hear more about how a 12-step focused program can help you stay sober give Outpatient Services a call today. (844) 211-7944.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Addiction Treatment Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded as a safe, secure way to help individuals from all walks of life to overcome an addiction to alcohol. With focuses on fellowship, God, and internal reflection, addicted individuals can come together to support one another in the tenets of recovery. As the name implies, all AA meetings are held anonymously, and only first names are used in conversations.
The AA 12 Step program is designed to provide structure and guidance via numerous avenues, including regular group discussion meetings, speaking and sharing personal stories, and information sessions. Through this process, addicts are encouraged to follow each step, one by one, in order to realistically view the harmful nature of substance dependence and the benefits of clean and sober living.
From the first step – accepting powerlessness against alcohol – to the last – helping others who suffer – participants are guided by a sponsor and supported by a group atmosphere, providing positive conditioning and strong role models to follow.
Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous?
The 12-step process was created to address alcoholism, but has since been adapted to encompass a wide range of other treatment programs, including Narcotics Anonymous, or NA.
AA is still intended for alcoholics only, and other addicts are technically not welcome in closed meetings. This behavior is not exclusionary, however; instead, AA maintains that part of breaking alcohol addiction is overcoming denial and distraction. In 1953, AA gave explicit permission for NA to use its 12 Steps, leading to the adoption of 12-step programs by addiction groups of all kinds.
NA offers a more inclusive model than AA, with “a desire to stop using” as the only membership requirement. Offering support to those suffering from a wide range of addictions, NA’s slightly-altered version of the 12 Steps has a familiar objective: to overcome substance abuse.
The 12 Steps
As written in 1935 and maintained to this day by Alcoholics Anonymous, these are the 12 Steps that govern the philosophy of overcoming addiction.
- 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 result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
In essence, the 12-step process aims to identify each truth that must be accepted on the road to recovery. The pinnacle of the program is the first step: that addiction cannot be controlled or managed. The subsequent steps address the power and presence of God and a willingness to act in his image. Only after this recognition can an addict begin to admit his wrongdoings, ask for forgiveness, and make amends to those harmed through the course of his addiction.
Each step builds upon the last, moving from acceptance of a problem to a spiritual awakening that drives dedication to recovery.
Why 12-Step Programs Works
The 12 Steps program combines personal accountability with group support and stories of a successful recovery, creating a truly vibrant community focused on success. The Steps help addicts to understand the true nature of addiction, the dangers it causes, and the reality necessary to break free. When paired with a mentor who walked the road of recovery successfully and testimony from other add icts, those suffering with addiction are able to move forward in a supportive atmosphere.
If you’re ready to break the bonds of addiction, we are here to help. The 12 Step Traditional Track program utilizes the tools and techniques embraced in addiction recovery, offering a welcoming environment full of support and strength. Through our educational programs, our patients are able to learn healthy ways to interact in society while living a clean and sober life.
Are you facing addiction? We’re here to help. Contact The Treatment Center Outpatient Services today to take the first steps torward to a new, healthier life. (844) 211-7944