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The 12-step program is a peer-based support system that encourages participants to accept that they have an addiction: a mental health ailment that requires proper daily maintenance in order to stay healthy for a lifetime to come.
As one works through these steps, he or she experiences the power of acceptance, develops healthy habits for a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle, analyzes past errors with a focus on making amends through the guidance of a mentor, and helps others to do the same.
Although Alcoholics Anonymous originated the 12-step program in 1939 to help alcoholics, it has since transcended to other addictions and psychological compulsions, albeit with verbiage adjusted to apply accordingly. This series of steps navigates through the healing of mind, soul, and body.
When substances are available nearby, someone addicted to drugs or alcohol is often physically out of control. Despite his or her best efforts, a relapse is often inevitable. Mentally, an addicted person experiences an obsession with the subject of the addiction. Much of his or her time is spent obtaining the substance, misusing it, or recovering from the previous episode of consumption.
The affliction of the spirit is usually self-centeredness: the substance becomes the first priority. The 12-step program is designed to tap into one’s sober consciousness, which often leads to his or her enthusiasm to realign with previous ethics and morals. Participants in the 12-step program usually consider this to be a spiritual awakening that happens over time.
Our facility in Tucson is committed to a similar philosophy and our addiction treatment center in Phoenix incorporates the 12-step program within treatment plans as well. To be successful in completing the 12 steps, participants must have the ability to be wholly honest in meetings and with their sponsor. The fortitude of one’s efforts is the key to success in this program.
Our 12-step programs are integrated into individual therapy sessions as well as our group therapy meetings, facilitating positive changes to cognitive thinking, emotions, socialization and spirituality. This comprehensive approach to healing addiction allows for the greatest potential for long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
At Recovery In Motion, the 12-step program is just one of many treatment modalities used to help patients achieve long-term sobriety. This program is used alongside other evidence-based treatments, including:
Together, all of these therapies form a comprehensive client treatment plan designed to facilitate recovery. Each patient’s treatment is personalized to address underlying causes of his or her own substance abuse, as well as problems developed due to the addiction.
At Recovery In Motion, 90-day residential treatment consists of multiple treatment modalities, including the 12-steps, which forms the foundation for patient recovery. But patients must fully invest in themselves in the 12-step program for it to work. The 12-steps are highly reflective and require honesty with oneself to develop a solid structure of sobriety.
A helpful system of support is formed between residents of Recovery In Motion, as three clients reside together in each unit for the 90-day period of their treatment. Within each apartment and among other clients strong bonds are formed. These residents work together learning valuable life skills and healthy socialization as they cook, clean and live everyday life in treatment. Part of this bonding often occurs through the 12-step program, as each work through their own step progression.
The program begins with the first step, which concerns acceptance.
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or other substance) – that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Coming to terms with the reality that an addiction has taken over one’s life often comes after a long period of denial. Healing and recovery efforts are futile until one realizes that he or she needs help. The spirit of the first step is reflected in every 12-step group meeting when each participant makes this statement before speaking; “My name is (first name) and I’m an alcoholic.”
While this self-identification is an Alcoholics Anonymous tradition, it is also a powerful reminder during a meeting that a participant is not alone in his or her journey. Hearing and sharing stories helps to maintain one’s confidence in a new, clean and sober lifestyle.
Frequent attendance and participation in 12-step meetings allows unique access to other perspectives for real-world resolutions from like-minded individuals.
Remaining active in the sober community throughout early recovery is critical to avoid relapse. Making sober friends and attending sober functions help to replace the time that was spent on the addiction previous to recovery while solidifying healthy habits and avoiding triggers. The opportunities to help someone on his or her journey are plentiful and can be quite rewarding as well.
Our approach to healing and long-term recovery from substance abuse and addiction is customized to each individual and each addiction. Recovery In Motion is committed to helping patients put their active addiction behind them so that they can build the fulfilling and healthy life they deserve.
When Bill Wilson and his partner created the 12-step program, he was able to put together an extraordinary opportunity for patients to have hope in overcoming their dependencies. Support from others, accountability, addiction education, and a safe environment to progress in the program are important and accessible components for someone who is committed to protecting their sobriety for a long time to come.
Those already in recovery have created an entire community that boasts life-long true friendships that involve a sobriety and many new activities and events that support a healthy life full of joy. This program becomes an addict’s partner in maintaining a recovery from substance abuse and addiction.
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.