The 12-step program is a well-known addiction recovery technique that is practiced all over the world. This program has helped people for decades and can help stop addiction. Also, it helps recovering individuals achieve and maintain a sober lifestyle.
Although not for everyone, the 12-step program assists those who are battling substance abuse disorder in learning new coping mechanisms, experiencing the love and support of a caring community, establishing sobriety, and fostering long-term recovery from addiction.
What is the 12-Step Program?
Alcoholics Anonymous created and popularized the 12-Step program, a strategy for overcoming compulsions and addictions. The main principle of this program is that while individuals can support one another in achieving and maintaining sobriety, healing is not achievable until those who suffer from addictions submit to a higher power. This higher power doesn’t necessarily mean God from Christian beliefs but any higher power you believe.
Here is the 12-Step Program presented by AA:
- Admitting powerlessness over the addiction.
- Believing that a higher power (in whatever form) can help.
- Deciding to turn control over to a higher power.
- Taking a personal inventory.
- Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and another person the wrongs were 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.
Not everyone will heal from 12-Step Program because different individuals require different treatment programs. But the most important thing is the effort and determination to achieve long-term sobriety.
Taylor Recovery commends all individuals who put efforts to try every treatment program to achieve the recovery they deserve.
Bad habits are hard to break but with your determination to heal and recover, nothing is impossible.
If you are having a hard time breaking bad habits, Taylor Recovery can help. Our goal is to guide and support you throughout your healing journey.