`One of the most commonly used treatments for drug and alcohol addiction is a 12-step therapy program. 12-step therapy is beneficial for many people and continues to be one of the most common treatment options in treatment centers all over the country. It has a proven track record for sustainable sobriety and changing lives for the better. Addiction therapy programs may include 12-step therapies as part of your addiction treatment program based on your individual needs.
At Chapters Recovery Center, our comfortable and modern treatment center employs 12-step therapies as part of our addiction treatment. We aim to provide Massachusetts residents with the best chance for long-lasting recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call [Direct] today. You can speak with our staff about our 12-step therapy programs and how they can help you maintain your sobriety for life.
What Is 12-Step Therapy?
The 12-step therapy program was developed by Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), in 1938 after he wrote down his experiences with alcohol addiction. He saw how positive sharing struggles with addiction with others could be, along with giving yourself over to God, and formed the program around those principles. The original program has heavy religious undertones and uses the Christian faith as part of the program. Today, there are variations on the program that focus more on spirituality rather than religion for those who shied away from the program because of their beliefs.
The 12 steps of a 12-step therapy program include:
- Admitting that your addiction has taken control of your life.
- Believing that a higher power can help.
- Deciding to give yourself over to that higher power.
- Look inward to take a personal inventory of who you are.
- Admitting to yourself, the higher power, and others about your addiction.
- Prepare for the higher power to help you remove character shortcomings.
- Ask the higher power to remove your shortcomings.
- Make a list of the things you did that hurt others, and be willing to make amends for the mistakes you made.
- Talk to those you hurt with direct contact unless doing so would cause further harm.
- Continue to take a personal inventory and admit that you were wrong.
- Through meditation and/or prayer, continue to enlighten yourself and remain within the higher powers’ presence.
- Share your success with others who need a 12-step therapy program.
Today, variations of AA exist to help other forms of addiction, like Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).
Benefits of a 12-Step Therapy Program in New England
A 12-step therapy program can help patients surrender their addiction, process their experience, and move forward into new patterns of thinking and action. You will build strong mental and emotional practices and tools that will help you maintain your sobriety for life. A few of the benefits of a 12-step therapy program in New England include:
- Learn to recognize and admit you have a problem
- Learn how to resist your cravings and improve your self-restraint
- Replace negative thoughts and behaviors with positive ones
- Rebuild broken relationships
- Build life skills for maintaining your sobriety
Consider Chapters Recovery Center for Treatment
Chapters Recovery offers 12-step therapies for your drug or alcohol addiction as part of our addiction treatment programs. Depending on the severity of your addiction, your therapist will recommend one of the following treatment options:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive Outpatient program
- Outpatient program
- Dual diagnosis treatment
We will be with you for every step of your addiction recovery, from start to continuing support whenever you need it. If you or someone you know is ready to find help with drug or alcohol addiction, call [Direct] today.