Addiction hurts. It destroys relationships. It ruins lives. It kills.

The Ins and Outs of 12 Step Programs – Freedom from Despair

The Ins and Outs of 12 Step Programs – Freedom from Despair

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Smokers Anonymous, Over-eaters Anonymous, are all variations of the 12 Step Program, billed as a “non-denominational rehabilitation program” for people with substance abuse and other psychological, social and physical issues.

The pain, turmoil, and devastation caused by addiction needs to come to an end. Help is needed. Help is available. Today can be that day, to put an end to the vicious cycle of despair and confusion.

Support and Fellowship

A TWELVE-STEP program is a guiding set of principles that, when practiced, leads to recovery from addictive behavior. The steps were originally developed by the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) to guide recovery from alcoholism. AA’s purpose is to provide the recovering alcoholic (addict) with the tools to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety. Participants benefit from the shared camaraderie among group members and having the support of a sponsor who has firsthand knowledge of what they are going through.

The ins and outs of 12 step programs

The basis of the 12 step programs can be used in a variety of different situations, but is widely used in programs that treat addictions. The 12 step program has traditionally been based on Christian ideology but can be changed to meet each individual’s recovery needs.

According to www.12step.org, the Steps are as Follows:

1) Powerlessness

2) Hope

3) Faith

4) Inventory

5) Honesty

6) Preparation

7) Letting Go

8) Humility

9) Forgiveness

10) Continuous Inventory

11) Conscious Contact

12) Carrying the Message

 In Order

Those people who are in recovery need to focus on each step individually and not move on to the next until the previous step has been completed. These steps or a variation thereof are used in most 12 step programs, and challenge the person in recovery to stay on task and address the issues that are destroying them.

If you would like to try a 12 step program that is delivered by certified professionals who will work out a plan that fits your needs and desires, then contact us at Mountain Village Treatment Center.  We are here to make sure that you get on the road to a successful relapse free recovery.


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