What are the 12 steps of recovery? The 12-step program has a long and storied history of helping individuals recover from drug, alcohol and even behavioral addiction. The program focuses upon a set of 12 guiding principles. The 12 step program along with the aid of the 12 step facilitation therapy Caseyville IL provides can be an invaluable aid in assisting patients to achieve long term sobriety.
What are the 12 Steps of Recovery?
The 12-step program began in 1935, following prohibition when founder Bill Wilson developed his vision for recovery, through his own battle with alcoholism. The premise of the program is that people can help each other to recover from substance abuse and maintain abstinence from a drug or behavior.
The tenants of the program are:
- Admitting powerlessness over the addiction
- Believing that a higher power can help
- Deciding to turn control over to the higher power
- Taking a personal inventory
- Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and others
- Being ready to have a higher power correct any shortcomings in one’s character
The next six steps are:
- Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings
- Making a list of wrongs done to others and being willing to make amends for those wrongs
- Contacting those hurt, unless doing so would cause harm
- Continuing to take personal inventory and admitting when one is wrong
- Seeking enlightenment and connection with the higher power
- Carrying the message of the 12 Steps to others
Over time, the 12-step program has changed to meet the needs of different groups and cultures. For example, some groups have adopted the steps to accept other religions or atheist. Using the program alongside other addiction therapy services also proves to be effective in treatment.
Therapy at Gateway Foundation Caseyville
12 Step Facilitation Therapy consists of a short, structured approach to drug abuse and addiction. The intention is to implement the program over 12-15 sessions on an individual basis and based on the principles of the 12-step program as practiced in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
12 Step Facilitation Therapy has 2 precepts:
- By the patient that they suffer from a chronic and progressive illness of addiction to drugs or alcohol
- By the patient that they have lost the ability to control their addiction
- There is no cure for their addiction. As a result, the only viable alternative is complete abstinence from the drug or addictive behavior
Acknowledgment on the part of the patient that there is hope for recovery, but only through accepting the reality of loss of control and by having faith that some Higher Power can help the individual whose own willpower has been defeated by alcoholism.
Begin at Gateway Foundation Caseyville
Gateway Foundation Caseyville utilizes these steps in our addiction treatment programs. We have over 50 years of experience helping people recover from drug or alcohol abuse. Contact Gateway Foundation Caseyville today at [Direct] to learn what are the 12 steps and to begin the recovery process.