The 12-step program is a peer-based support system that starts with the acceptance of addiction. With tools such as peer support groups, the programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and a sponsor, 12-Step programs create a culture of accountability in order to foster long-term recovery.
You start with the acceptance of your helplessness in the face of addiction. By accepting a higher power and moving through the steps, you are able to take ownership of your actions and make amends with the people you have hurt, including yourself. By creating a foundation of sobriety and self-reflection, you develop tools for life-long recovery.
About the 12-Step Program
Although Alcoholics Anonymous was created by alcoholics with recovery from alcoholism in mind, it has since transcended. Since its inception in the 1930s, dozens of other 12-Step programs have been created to help people find a community of people struggling with similar things. Examples of other twelve-step programs include Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Codependents Anonymous, and Al-Anon. Regardless of the type of meeting, the series of steps navigate through the healing of mind, soul, and body.
In the throes of substance addiction, an individual becomes consumed by an intense preoccupation with the chosen substance, whether it be drugs or alcohol. You are physically out of control when you’re near the substance and most of your time is spent trying to get, use, and recover from using the substance.
In 12-Step programs, this is attributed to an affliction of the spirit. This self-centeredness makes the substance your first priority. The 12-step program is designed to tap into your sober consciousness. This helps people realign with their previous ethics and morals. People who participate in the 12-step program usually consider this to be a spiritual awakening that happens over time.
The Recovery in Motion facility in Tucson is committed to a similar philosophy and our treatment center incorporates the 12-step program in our treatment plans. To be successful in completing the 12 steps, you must have the ability to be wholly honest in meetings and with your sponsor. The program is as successful as the amount of effort that you put in.
The program begins with acceptance- the first step to recovery. “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or other substance) – that our lives had become unmanageable.” By coming to terms with your addiction, you can accept that it has taken over your life and you are powerless against it. You are no longer in denial about your addiction and able to begin the healing process.
Our 12-step programs are integrated into your individual therapy sessions and group therapy meetings. This philosophical consistency facilitates positive changes such as cognitive thinking, emotions, socialization, and spirituality. This comprehensive approach to healing addiction gives you the greatest potential for long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
The 12-step program is just one of many facets of treatment that we use at Recovery In Motion. With long-term sobriety as our goal, we create individual plans for each patient. Our other evidence-based treatment options include individual therapy, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy.
Within the treatment center, you will develop relationships with other people seeking treatment, your therapists, your groups, your sponsor, and other staff. Through consistent work, you develop a helpful support system and form strong bonds with people who understand your experiences. These relationships also allow you to empathize with people who have similar stories to yours and understand that no matter how overwhelmed you may feel, you are not alone in your recovery.
The 12-Step framework creates a system for you to use while in treatment and immediately continue after you leave. You will always be able to find a meeting and a community of people in recovery. This seamless transition in post-treatment care makes the recovery process that much more sustainable.
If you have a substance abuse problem or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, getting help through Recovery In Motion is a lifesaving decision that can provide renewed hope for a bright, healthy, and happy future. Call (866) 418-1070 now to learn about all the options available. Find out how to turn desperation into hope before it’s too late.