When one thinks of addiction treatment, they most likely imagine the 12-step meeting. Basically, 12-step programs are group sessions where people in treatment can come together to share addiction experiences. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to celebrate achievements and build an important network of sober support. Here at Mountainview Recovery, we want to provide our clients with the best means available to achieve a lifetime of recovery. So, we implement proven methods of therapy and treatment, including a 12-step facilitation.
Initially, the first 12-step program to take form was Alcoholics Anonymous. Since its foundation in 1938, millions have experienced the benefits of the program. The program was established to include Christian principles, encouraged complete abstinence, and provided a way for recovering alcoholics to form a community of peers. However, with its wide range of success, other groups began to form to help other like-issues. Now, there are many types of 12-step programs including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and many more. So, 12-step facilitation doesn’t only assist individuals struggling with alcoholism, it helps also with a number of other behavioral issues.
Overall, 12-step facilitation is the use of group therapy sessions that follow the basis of 12 step concepts. Here at Mountainview Recovery, we know that it’s important to introduce 12-step facilitation during treatment. This way, individuals in treatment can get comfortable with the concept of this therapy. And, get involved with 12-step meetings in their own communities once they’ve graduated from our programs. After all, recovery doesn’t end when treatment does. Plus, 12-step programs are a great way to continue with a focused recovery and establish a community of support in a person’s home environment.
During 12 step meetings, individuals will learn the 12 steps that originated first with Alcoholics Anonymous. These steps are meant to keep an individual focused on their recovery and abstinence. The 12 steps are:
-Admitting that one is powerless over their addictions and that life has become impossible to control.
-Believing that there is a Higher Power that can restore sanity.
-Deciding to give life’s control to that Higher Power’s care.
-Making a “moral inventory” of oneself.
-Admitting to oneself, the Higher Power, and loved ones of one’s own wrongdoings.
-Being at peace with having the Higher Power erase character flaws that result in wrongdoings.
-Asking the Higher Power to remove one’s shortcomings and character flaws.
-Preparing a list of people one has wronged and accepting that one needs to make amends for these wrongdoings.
-Contacting these individuals on the list that one has wronged and attempting to make amends (unless doing so would cause more harm than good).
-Continuing to seek forgiveness when one wrongs others and admitting to wrongs.
-Seeking prayer and meditation to continue contact with a Higher Power to ask for understanding of that power’s will.
-Providing the message of the 12 steps to others who may need it.
Yes, spirituality is a key aspect of 12-step facilitation. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to mean the Christian God. In fact, it doesn’t have to mean God at all. Basically, it’s the idea and acceptance of a power or force that’s more than your own. So, although there are mentions of God in 12-step meetings, a person doesn’t have to be religious to gain helpful insight into recovery. And, while spirituality is an important aspect of these meetings, it’s not exactly about religion but more about a person’s willingness to give up control and accept positive change.
Is 12-step facilitation an important aspect of treatment you’d like to incorporate? Think treatment with a 12-step facilitation may be what you or a loved one may need to gain recovery from addiction? Mountainview Recovery can help! To talk with an experienced addiction specialist, contact us on our website today!