12 Step Program for Addiction Recovery

What is the 12 Step Program?

A 12-step program is a set of twelve principles an individual can learn and utilize when working towards recovery from drugs and alcohol. These programs are also used in various therapies, but its original application was in the addiction recovery setting and more specifically for alcoholics.

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

  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.

A 12-step program is an integral part of drug or alcohol rehab programs, but it is only a small part of a larger substance abuse treatment plan. The twelve steps serve as guides and have a spiritual health focus. However, a professional rehab center can also address the physical and mental causes of addiction.

At Landmark Recovery, our state-of-the-art treatment centers offer a comprehensive range of drug and alcohol rehab programs because your health and long-term success is our only concern. We utilize proven and effective evidence-based therapies in our residential and outpatient rehab programs in addition to offering substance detoxification services. If you or a family member needs help with drug, alcohol, or substance abuse, please contact us today.

How Long Does the 12 Steps Take?

Individuals will work through steps and aspects of the program while in an addiction treatment center. After the program is first learned, it becomes a lifetime journey and methodology practiced by those in rehab and recovery.

What are the Benefits of a 12-Step Program?

12 Step programs offers many spiritual and mental health benefits to individuals undergoing rehabilitation. One large benefit is the help and support that is provided. A sponsor is there to work with and help the individual in rehab treatment, and group meetings allow for a family of support. The benefit of the steps allows for individuals to follow specific instructions so they can understand where they have been, and what they need to complete next in their recovery. The steps program is also mentioned by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as a form of evidence-based treatment with long term results of success in aiding rehab from alcohol, drug, or substance abuse.

How Do We Use AA in our Programming?

Mutual support groups, specifically 12-step based programs are integral to our rehab patients in maintaining long term recovery because they provide continued community and supportive connections in a family-like atmosphere.  As part of our residential program, patients are educated on the benefit of mutual support groups and how to access these in his or her home environment.  Additionally, patients are provided direct exposure to these meetings during their stay in three ways:

  • On-site 12-step meetings that are facilitated by facility staff
  • On-site 12-step meetings that are brought into the facility through our partnership with community AA or other 12-step members.
  • Attendance at off-site 12-step meetings in community. This allows patients to meet and network with a sober support as well as remove the daunting barrier of attending his/her first meeting.

Additionally, Landmark fosters engagement with 12-step programming, specifically if a consumer has a relationship with a sponsor that pre-dates admission to our program.

12 Steps at Landmark Recovery

At Landmark Recovery, we understand how important the 12-step community is during rehab treatment, as well as after treatment. Once our patients complete ten days of inpatient treatment in one of our centers, they have the option to attend alcoholics anonymous (AA) or narcotics anonymous (NA) meetings that are off site from our facility. We also offer onsite AA meetings that are available to patients once a week. It is important for the individual in recovery to have a support system they can turn to, and the sense of community and family developed in an AA/NA meeting is imperative. Building a strong relationship in treatment with these groups, as well as with one’s sponsor will help encourage continued recovery and support post discharge from a residential treatment center.

If you are interested in learning more about the 12 steps community we have at Landmark Recovery, or support groups likes alcoholics and narcotics anonymous contact us today at (888) 448-0302