What is the 12-step program?
The 12-step program has been around for decades. It’s known for being effective in helping recovering addicts stay sober. Although it’s rooted in religion, many non-religious and religious people alike benefit from the 12-step program.
The twelve steps aim to help people break free of their addictions through accountability, support, and community. It was originally designed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, but has now been adapted into many addiction programs, from gambling and debt to narcotics and gaming addiction.
Twelve steps may sound like a lot, but each step doesn’t have to be followed in order. Some people complete one step, move on to another, but may have to return to a previous step.
Here are the 12 steps of the approach:
- Admitting powerlessness over the addiction
- Believing that a higher power (in whatever form) can help
- Deciding to turn control over to the higher power
- Taking a personal inventory
- Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and another person the wrongs done
- Being ready to have the higher power correct any shortcomings in one’s character
- Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings
- Making a list of wrongs done to others and being willing to make amends for those wrongs
- Contacting those who have been hurt, unless doing so would harm the person
- Continuing to take personal inventory and admitting when one is wrong
- Seeking enlightenment and connection with the higher power via prayer and meditation
- Carrying the message of the 12 Steps to others in need
What to expect at your first 12-step meeting
Beginning a 12-step program can be a lot to take in. At your first meeting, you should be made aware each step and how the program works. You may also be assigned a sponsor, or someone who will help you follow through each of the steps and be there if the urge to drink or use drugs comes on.
Meetings are a safe place to open and share and others may expect you to contribute to the meeting with personal experiences. You should also be OK with sharing your story, although it’s not a requirement to speak at meetings.
Should I start a 12-step program?
The 12-step program works for people wanting to break any addictive or obsessive behavior. Addicts from all walks of life have benefited from the 12-step program for decades. If you’re unsure about starting, talk to an addiction counselor at Taylor Recovery Center, a rehab in Houston, TX.
We’re available 24/7 and can help you begin a 12-step program. Call 713-557-8573 or complete our online form to learn how we can help.