The one thing most addicts lack in their lives is structure. By the time they get to rehab, their lives are usually in disarray. As part of the recovery process, some top treatment facilities try to bring back the structure that has been lost. Many times, that’s something they can achieve by helping their patients focus on a 12 step recovery program. For alcoholics, that is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and for drug addicts, that is Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Information About 12 Step Recovery
AA was the first recovery program to use the 12 step approach. The actual 12 steps form the basis for each 12 step recovery program. The idea is to create a roadmap to help addicts recover from their illness. While these programs are spiritual in nature, members can interpret God to be whatever it means to them. In fact, there’s plenty of non-denominational members who openly grasp the spiritual components of these programs.
All that the group suggests to members is just follow the steps in order. It’s like climbing 12 stairs and getting to the top represents recovery or remission.
The 12 Steps of Recovery
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
12 Step Recovery in Rehab
It’s quite common for addiction treatment counselors to be the first ones to introduce patients to a 12 step recovery program. Even in a detox center like Serenity House Detox, patients can begin familiarizing themselves with the overall concept. Once they start therapy, patients are apt to realize the value of such programs. By the time they finish all 12 steps, there’s a good chance they will again have a structure in their lives. It’s that structure that keeps a patient on the straight and narrow road of recovery.
Our Services at Serenity House Detox
As indicated earlier, our two Serenity House Detox facilities help patients through the detox process. We do this by providing a safe and comfortable environment for patients while they go through withdrawal. We also offer other detox services. Here’s a brief list of some of the services we currently provide:
- Detox programs aimed at specific substances
- Trauma therapy
- Family and individual therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Separate treatment programs for men and women
The road to recovery from addiction could get bumpy. A 12 step recovery program offers you the best chance to stay on the smooth part of the road. Before you can worry about that, you need to get treatment for your addiction. At Serenity House Detox, we are ready to help you begin the recovery process. You need to understand you have an illness and need help. When that time comes, call one of our two Florida facilities in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. You can reach one of our staff members by calling us at 866-294-5306.