The 12 Step Process to Addiction Treatment
For over 75 years those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions have found lifelong recovery utilizing the 12-step program. These principles serve as a guide to navigate the recovery process, increasing the chances of success and providing a strong support system. Here are the 12-steps:
- 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.
Why does the 12-Step Process Work?
One of the biggest components of “step-work” is attending meetings with others who are working to overcome their addictions. Many times, people attend AA or NA 12-step meetings daily. This commitment is an important part of the recovery process as it keeps you accountable and helps maintain focus. One of the most famous sayings from the 12-steps is “One Day at a Time”, which means to stay focused in the present and don’t worry about figuring it all out now.
How does SpringBoard integrate the 12-steps?
At SpringBoard Recovery we consider ourselves a 12-step based program, meaning that we encourage our clients to attend meetings and “work” the steps. Our process includes a more holistic approach as compared to some other 12-step based treatment programs. While we believe that the 12-steps are important, we have discovered that incorporating other modalities into treatment, including nutrition, health, and safety help to facilitate recovery and provide a well-rounded approach to recovery.
What you will do
At Springboard Recovery, our process is hands-on in order to quickly establish a working knowledge of the steps in action and create a foundation for ongoing work with a sponsor. In these workshops, guests will work through all 12 steps over four weeks and then begin taking others through the process in the same manner done by the founders of the 12-step practice. Guests will experience the rewards that come from completing the steps and sharing the joy of passing the knowledge and experience on to others. All guests are required to have a sponsor with whom they work the steps and delve deeper into each individual step. Experience shows the integration of professional care and active participation in a 12-step program along with our other complementary programming provides the strongest foundation for a newly sober person to have a lasting recovery experience.
The SpringBoard 12-Step Addiction Treatment Services
At SpringBoard Recovery, our treatment programs are holistic and blend the traditional 12-Step model with several cutting-edge treatment modalities including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical motivation interviewing and trauma resolution. We believe that treating the body, mind, and spirit. This holistic approach to recovery has been proven to help an individual learn more about themselves and why they may have become addicted to drugs or alcohol. The 12 step program can help a person through the process of recovery by providing guidelines to live their life by. Addiction Recovery using the 12-Steps: The 12 steps were created by the Alcoholics Anonymous founders. These steps establish guidelines for helping an individual overcome alcohol addiction. While the 12 steps were created as a way to help with alcohol addiction, the steps also provide guidelines for overcoming any type of addiction, which is why they are a part of the program at SpringBoard. As you may know, the 12 step method is heavy on spirituality. This may be a turnoff for some people who are not religious. However, many people who are not religious have found the program very helpful as well. While the language in the 12 steps uses an emphasis on the presence of God it is worded in ways that let each individual interpret this aspect in their own way. For non-believers, finding a power within themselves is often how they view the God aspect of the 12 steps. The 12 Steps Recovery is a lifelong process and because of this there is no wrong way for a person to approach the 12 steps as they attempt to figure out what will work best for their individual needs. Many participants will find that they will have to tackle more than one step at a time or even revisit some of the steps. This is all a part of the process of recovery and should be used as a learning tool for leading and living a sober life. Here are the 12 steps as outlined by AA:
- We admit we are powerless over alcohol and our lives have become unmanageable.
- We believe there is a power that is greater than ourselves that can restore our sanity
- We have made a decision to our lives and will to the care of God as we understand him
- We will create a fearless and searching moral inventory of ourselves
- We admit to God, ourselves, and another human the nature of our wrongs
- We are ready to have God remove the defects from our character
- We ask god to remove our shortcomings
- Make a list of people we have harmed and make amends to all of them
- Make direct amends to these people when possible, unless doing so would injure them
- Continue to take personal inventory and when wrong admit it
- Through meditation and prayer improve our contact with God as we understand him, praying for knowledge of his will toward us and carry it out.
- Have a spiritual awakening as a result of the steps, carry the message to alcoholics, and practice the principals in all of our affairs.
Do the 12 Steps Work?
As mentioned the 12 steps provide a guideline for those who are recovering from alcohol. These steps also provide a guideline for those overcoming other addictions as well. However, since the program in anonymous and there is not any formal research available, it is difficult to determine how effective the model is in terms of people who use the method on their own by only attending meetings. However, the 12 step program does provide encouragement, accountability, and support for people who are looking to overcome their addiction. The sponsorship model and regular meeting times has helped many people stay sober. When a person leaves SpringBoard Recovery it is important to have a support system in place. The meetings offered through AA are often a good source for helping a person maintain their sobriety.
The 12 Step Program at SpringBoard Recovery
While you are in treatment at SpringBoard Recovery Center, you will participate in individual and group therapy. Your addiction therapists will help you understand and practice the 12-Steps. While at SpringBoard Recovery the staff will personally work with you to create a treatment plan that is personalized to help you through the entire recovery process. Addiction recovery is different for everyone and it is important to create a plan that will work for your personal needs. At SpringBoard Recovery we treat each patient with the care and the respect that they deserve. Individual therapy will help you learn more about yourself and your disorder. Individual therapy will also help uncover any underlying mental health issues that a person may have. Group therapy will also be used during your recovery. Group therapy consists of discussing your addiction among others who are going through many of the same issues that you may be experiencing. During group therapy many bonds and friendships are formed. Group therapy can provide a person with the support that they need in order to remain sober. Don’t let your addiction control your life any longer. You deserve a fresh start. We can give you the best opportunity for long term sobriety.