A 12-Step Program can aid in the recovery from alcohol and drug addiction
A 12-Step Program is a set of 12 principles an individual can learn and utilize when working towards recovery from drugs and alcohol. Such programs are also used in various therapies, but their original application was in the addiction recovery setting and, more specifically, for alcoholics.
While 12-Step Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) often are an integral part of drug and alcohol rehab programs, they only play a part in the larger substance abuse treatment plan. The 12 Steps serve as guidelines and the program itself creates a support group of understanding peers. Residential and intensive outpatient programs guided by clinicians and medical professionals, on the other hand, tackle treating the physical and mental causes that lead to an individual’s addiction.
THE 12 STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) AND NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA)
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/drugs—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 other alcoholics and addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
HOW LONG DOES THE 12 STEPS PROGRAM TAKE?
Individuals work through the 12 Steps – and concepts like surrender, reflection, and making amends – while working to recover from their addiction. After encountering the 12 Steps, many individuals in recovery find the steps are, in fact, a lifetime journey and methodology they want to continue to practice beyond their time in treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A 12-STEP PROGRAM?
12-Step Programs offer many spiritual, mental, and relational benefits to individuals undergoing rehabilitation for an addiction.
First and foremost, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) mentions the 12-Steps Program are a form of evidence-based treatment with long term success aiding individuals in recovery from alcohol, drug, or substance abuse.
Many who have experienced a 12-Step Program would say one of the greatest benefits is the help and support the program provides. Group meetings allow those struggling with an addiction to share their stories, struggles, moments of relapse, fear, shame, and lessons learned without fear of judgment. 12-Step Programs also highly value giving back to others, so it is common for an existing member of the group to volunteer to sponsor newer members through the support of phone calls, texts, and encouragement.
The 12 Steps also provide a guideline for recovering addicts to follow as they navigate their thoughts, their relationships, and the world without substances. The steps encourage reflection, seeking forgiveness, surrendering control, and goal setting for recovering individuals as they are ready.
HOW DO WE USE AA IN OUR PROGRAMMING?
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, like AA and NA, in our residential and outpatient rehab programs in addition to offering substance detoxification services. 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 group, 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.
If you or a family member needs help with drug, alcohol, or substance abuse, please contact us today.
12 STEPS AT LANDMARK RECOVERY
At Landmark Recovery, we understand how important the 12-Step community is during inpatient rehab, as well as after treatment. Once our patients complete 10 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, away from our facility.
We also offer on-site AA meetings that are available to our patients and alumni 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 their AA/NA meetings at Landmark 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 our residential treatment center.