Most medical professionals agree that the 12 Step program approach plays a significant role in many individuals’ recovery. In fact, simply following the 12 Steps often promotes change. However, how does such a program create change when so many other forms of treatment fail?
About the 12 Step Program Approach
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is a chronic brain disease. This definition is expanded to include addiction’s psychological, social, biological and spiritual effects. The ASAM says that addiction can progress and cause premature death or disability. This is particularly true if affected individuals don’t seek help from addiction treatment programs or engage in recovery-related activities.
However, it’s possible for those struggling from addiction to experience recovery. Many behavioral health professionals agree that 12 Step programs provide an effective pathway to recovery. 12-Step programs are based upon these beliefs:
- Addiction is a disease
- Reliance on a “higher power”
- Abstaining from the addictive behavior is the basis of recovery
- Recovery is a lifelong process
- Supporting others in recovery is necessary for lasting commitment and stability
- Accepting the limitations of being human is essential
Following the 12 steps isn’t just a matter of attending meetings. Instead, 12 Step treatment plans incorporate the steps into a client’s recovery program. As clients progress through the 12 Steps, they accept that they need help in recovery, take responsibility for their addiction and their actions, and learn to maintain recovery.
How a 12 Step Program Promotes Change
As those familiar with 12 Step programs know, you must work the steps to benefit from the program. Part of working the steps is attending meetings, leaning on and providing peer support, and engaging deeply in one’s own recovery.
Clients are urged to participate in meetings, not just sit and observe. Participation, having a sponsor and working the steps all help clients experience and maintain their recovery. This allows Clients to explore their issues on a deeper level, overcome psychological resistance to change with support from others, and develop close, lasting relationships.
The 12 Steps encourage individuals to stop addictive behavior, including:
- Denying their problem
- Destroying relationships
- Isolating in addiction
- Refusing change or improvement
- Refusing help
- Projecting their problems outward
- Giving up on themselves
Participating in the 12 Steps takes courage, just as seeking treatment for addiction requires courage. Pursuing recovery allows clients to change their lives with enduring sobriety.
Driftwood Recovery Provides 12 Step Focused Addiction Treatment
Driftwood Recovery knows that the 12 Steps help clients change. After experiencing many broken promises during addiction, we use the 12 steps to help clients develop greater personal awareness, accountability and the courage to change.
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If you or someone you care about is ready to take the steps toward lasting change, call Driftwood Recovery today at 866-426-4694.