Support Groups

12 Steps

There are numerous paths available to help you free yourself from the harmful grip of drug, alcohol, and behavioral addiction. Qualified drug recovery and rehab centers be they modest city or state-run facilities, or high-end celebrity rehab sites such as Caron Foundation or Cliffside Malibu are considered some of the best methods for successful long-term outcomes. They often encourage patients to participate in 12-step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA). There are several considerations in determining whether a 12-step support group is right for you.

What is a 12-Step Support Group?

More than just reinforcing your abstinence from drugs, a 12-step program offers guidelines for transforming your life. As you work through the 12 steps, you will share experiences and receive support from other afflicted people–also undergoing recovery. You’ll attend regular meetings and work with a sponsor, usually a more experienced person in recovery, with whom you can lean on for guidance and support.

What Are The 12 Steps ?

There is no one philosophy that is shared by the various 12-step groups wording differs slightly depending on your particular addiction, some may remove any religious connotations but in general the 12-step process includes these principles:

  1. Humility
  2. Honesty
  3. Abstinence
  4. Spiritual Growth
  5. Making Amends
  6. Personal Accountability
  7. Minimizing Self-Centeredness
  8. Enhancing Individual Maturity
  9. Providing Help to Other Addicts
  10. Powerlessness Over Addiction

Many 12-step groups have further boiled these 12 principles down to just six:

  • Get Active
  • Join a Group
  • Get a Sponsor
  • Attend Meetings
  • Ask and Give Help
  • Don’t Drink or Use Drugs

The Benefits of a 12-Step Support Group

There are many benefits of following a 12-step support group program. Meetings can give you a place to have social interaction with new friends who share your problems. You can create bonds, and develop relationships, with others trying to live substance-free. Your sponsor will be your personal guide through recovery, and someone to lean on when temptation strikes. You will be given the opportunity to review your past poor decisions, take personal responsibility, and make amends. Best of all, you have the option of remaining totally anonymous. This will allow you to speak freely without fear of reprisals.

12-step treatment can be particularly helpful during the first stages of your after-treatment recovery process. It can offer you an extra layer of social support and fellowship that’s beneficial to helping you remain on your path toward a substance-free life. As an added benefit, 12-step treatment is free, easily accessible, and can be found throughout the world.

Your recovery and rehabilitation treatment was not the end of your story. Successful recovery means constant work if you want to live a drug-free life. Do you think the 12-step process is right for you, or a loved one? We can help find one that suits your lifestyle.

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