12-Step Rehab Treatment | 12 Steps of Recovery
The 12-step drug rehab program is one of the most widely used programs in rehab centers due to its popularity and success. The 12 steps have been around for nearly 100 years and most people can find personal stories of how people were able to become sober through 12-step groups.
The History of 12-Step Programs
Founded in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an organization that was built around the 12-step program. The overarching idea of the organization is that people who struggle with a dependence to alcohol can help others with the same struggle.
Over the years, 12-step programs have expanded. Today, they are popular choices of treatment for drug addiction and other forms of addiction as well. 12-step programs allow people to deal with the issues that surround different types of addictive behavior. They help people realize that they are not alone in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
What Are the 12 Steps?
Typically, counselors in a 12-step drug rehab will discuss the 12 steps but do not move past the third step with clients. Often, clients complete the other steps once they leave treatment and begin going to 12-step meetings in their areas.
This approach introduces clients to the program and helps them work on more difficult steps while in treatment. It encourages them to continue working on the steps with other like-minded people while building support groups.
Effective 12-step drug rehabs hold 12-step meetings at their centers so people new to recovery can become familiar the process before leaving rehab. This is because many people fear things they don’t know. During their time in treatment and during 12-step meetings outside rehab, people proceed through these steps:
Step 1 – Realizing that you are powerless over your addiction. Recognizing that you can no longer manage your life because of an addiction.
Step 2 – Building belief in a higher power to restore you to a healthy life without addiction.
Step 3 – Deciding to turn yourself over to a higher power.
Step 4 – Taking inventory of one’s self and examining how addiction has impacted you and others.
Step 5 – Admitting to yourself, to someone else, and to a higher power, the wrongs that you have committed and the impact that they have had.
Step 6 – Allowing a higher power to remove your defects.
Step 7 – Asking a higher power in a humble way to remove your defects.
Step 8 – Making a list of the people who you have harmed through your addiction and making amends to them.
Step 9 – Reaching out to the people on your list to make amends to them, unless doing so would cause them harm or injury.
Step 10 – Taking a personal inventory and continuing to admit mistakes when they occur.
Step 11 – Improving your relationship with a higher power through prayer and meditation.
Step 12 – Using what you have learned through the steps and applying this knowledge to help others who are struggling with addiction.
12-Step Support Groups
Addiction isolates a person, pushes loved ones away, and leaves a person to deal with the problems of their addiction alone. The first few steps of 12-step programs encourage people to lean on support from a higher power.
However, that is not the only support people need as they work through their addiction. People also need to find support from others. Because many people with addictions alienate those closest to them, they may want to turn to support groups for assistance. Some of these 12-step groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.
Traveling for 12-Step Drug Rehab
Traveling for treatment is often a good way for people to escape environments that contribute to addiction. Because 12-step programs provide support for addictions and avoiding relapses, leaving environments where addictions occurred could be beneficial.
If you travel to one of our centers for treatment, our counselors will work hard to find the best 12-step groups in your community when you return home. One major goal Sunshine Behavioral Health is to provide such effective help, clients do not have to return for treatment.
Costs for private drug rehab programs can be a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. For many who have damaged their finances because of addiction, finding the money for treatment may be difficult.
Thankfully, there are several options to pay for 12-step drug rehab, including insurance, scholarships, and community-based programs. Regardless of the the cost, addiction will almost always cost higher than any rehab.
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