Learn About the Benefits of a 12 Step Recovery Program
A Global Recovery Community of Support
Ideas that withstand the test of time—and in the case of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 step program, decades—have endured because of their inherent value to improve people’s lives. Where trends in addiction treatment come and go, the bellwether program initiated in 1935 by two alcoholics (Bill W. and Dr. Bob) has steadily grown. Currently A.A. and its 12 step recovery program have a powerful global presence with over 114,000 groups in 170 countries, exclusive of the multitude of 12 step addiction recovery programs that utilize its principles.
One might wonder what is so special about the 12 step program that would explain its popularity worldwide. Considering the simplicity of the message and the organic way that this non-profit entity spread across the globe, it might be difficult to grasp what to attribute its success to. It wasn’t expensive mass marketing that led to the expansion of the program; indeed it was quite the opposite. Simply stated, the program works.
Lifelong Sobriety Associated With 12 Step Recovery Program
Addiction is a chronic, relapse-prone disorder that leads to death if not treated. In order to be able to tame the monster and achieve sustained sobriety one must choose the most effective tools available. It only makes sense that, given the association between long-term sobriety and membership in A.A., 12 step recovery program would spring up.
Many inpatient rehabs now integrate the 12 step program into their treatment programs. By using the steps as a blueprint for recovery, these treatment programs can introduce the principles into various group meetings (for instance, by having a guest speaker who espouses the 12 step principles as having saved their life), group therapy sessions, and individual counseling sessions. Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapist can use the principles covertly to probe clients for thoughts and behaviors that need to change. In addition, most inpatient, outpatient, and sober living programs require attendance at 12 step meetings.
Surveys of individuals in recovery—both short and long-term—demonstrate the impact that 12 step programs have had on their ability to remain abstinent. Even those who no longer attend meetings may point to the principles learned in A.A. that reshaped their thinking and changed their life for the better. According to a study in 2007, “Pathways to Long-Term Recovery: A Preliminary Investigation,” affiliations with 12 step organizations was a key factor cited for sustained recovery. The authors state, “Most participants, even those not currently attending meetings, reported that the 12 step program of recovery was an active part of their daily lives.”
What are the 12 Steps of A.A.?
The 12 steps are designed as a continuum for recovery. Starting with the admission that life has spun out of control due to addiction, the steps provide benchmarks that walk the individual towards self evaluation, humble contrition, and eventually a spiritual breakthrough based on an individual’s own beliefs about a higher power. The 12 steps include:
- 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 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.
Phoenix Rising Offers a Comprehensive 12 Step Based Program
In ancient Greek mythology the phoenix, a bird, is reborn, obtaining new life by arising from the ashes into the sun of a new day. This reference perfectly describes the mission of the devoted therapeutic care offered at Phoenix Rising Addiction Center in Orange County, California assisting the individual to rise from their past to a new, brighter future. Believing in the healing power of the 12 step program, Phoenix Rising incorporates the 12 step programming into the overall treatment services it provides. For more information about the program, please contact us today at (949) 518-0345.
Multiple Locations Served for 12 Step Recovery Program Therapy and Substance Abuse Counseling
For those living at home while attending Drug and Alcohol Outpatient at PRB, we provide flexible scheduling and treatment options. The cities that are nearby our clinical offices include: Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Coto De Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange, Tustin, and all other Orange County cities that are within driving distance for outpatient programming.