12 Step Rehab
Many rehab programs are based on the treatment foundation of the 12 step recovery model which was originally outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s. This type of treatment outlines a series of steps that are said to assist the patient in recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. While the twelve step model of recovery has been around for many years, in most cases, the steps remain pretty much the same from one type of twelve step program to the next. For instance, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous both use 12 step models and they simply interchange the terms “alcohol” and “drugs” to make the steps more coined to their individual needs.
12 step rehabilitation programs provide a powerful foundation for patients to better understand their addiction and to heal. Many 12 step rehab programs continue on well past the point of inpatient rehab and provide support for patients on an outpatient basis. 12 step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be found around the world in various languages, countries and cultures.
The Twelve Steps of Recovery are:
- 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 all 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