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12 Step Programs



What Is a 12-Step Program?

A 12-step program is an addiction recovery program usually facilitated by a professional counselor or therapist who leads a group through a series of steps on the path to recovery. This approach was originally used in the late 1930s by Alcoholics Anonymous but has since been adapted to aid people's recovery from a variety of addictions or psychological problems. These programs begin with the victim of addiction admitting that their problem is out of their control. Through the series of steps in the 12-step recovery program, they then go through a process of self-reflection, making amends for their past behavior and finally becoming equipped to help others get sober. For those who have successfully completed a customized program at an addiction treatment center, a 12-step recovery program can provide community support to hold you accountable and keep you sober once you have finished treatment and resumed your normal life.

The steps of a 12-step drug program include:

  1. Admitting that you have a problem
  2. Acknowledging that you need the help of a higher power to overcome the problem
  3. Surrendering control of the problem to that a higher power
  4. Taking inventory of ourselves
  5. Admitting the wrong that we have done
  6. Becoming ready to let the higher power correct our defects
  7. Asking the higher power to remove those defects
  8. Make a list of who we have hurt with our actions and becoming open to making amends with them
  9. Making those amends
  10. Continuing to take inventory of ourselves and quickly correct wrongs we commit
  11. Keeping in touch with the higher power
  12. Helping others who have had the same problem

Although the original program has been criticized for being overly religious, many modern programs have encouraged participants to consider whatever higher power they may believe in, whether that be a spiritual being or something as simple as "reality" or "truth," making the program appropriate for anyone, regardless of their beliefs.

How 12-Step Programs Can Help

Twelve-step programs can provide accountability after rehab and help you remain sober. It can also lead you to a path of helping others. In most cases, addiction cannot be overcome by willpower alone. We know it can be difficult to take the first step toward help, but at BetterAddictionCare, our highly trained client care specialists will assist you in providing a 100% confidential, customized recommendation for cost-effective alternative rehab programs near you. We work with a nationwide network of top treatment centers and can help you find the program that's best for your individual needs. We'll even coordinate travel arrangements and insurance requirements to ensure that you have access to the care you need. And once you've completed addiction treatment, your recovery team will be there to support you, including helping you to find 12-step recovery programs and other resources.

Get Help Now

To find the detox and rehabilitation program that's best for you, call today to speak with a counselor. We'll assess your needs and find the right treatment to help you start healing. From your first day of detox to locating a 12-step addiction program for after-rehab support, we'll be there for you every step up the way.


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