12-Step Programs

Hailed as the standard for recovery from nearly any type of addiction, the Alcoholics Anonymous model of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the oldest treatment programs around.

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Steps Recovery Center – St. George

St. George, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

844-919-0017

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-638-7182

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

Full Spectrum of Care

855-402-5289

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

TruVida Recovery

Lake Forest, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-717-0038

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-589-1547

Colorado Medicated Assisted Recovery

Thornton, CO

Intensive Outpatient

877-757-0618

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

Steps Recovery Center

Payson, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

877-696-0054

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

MeadowWood Behavioral Health

New Castle, DE

Multiple Levels of Care

855-609-4051

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

The Recovery Team

Lake Park, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-999-2545

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Boca Recovery Center – Florida

Boca Raton, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

888-608-4977

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

Wish Recovery

Northridge, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-933-2789

Boca Recovery Center – New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-628-9076

Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-940-0031

The Purpose of the 12 Steps

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The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. The program gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups to adapt the steps to their own needs.

There are many 12-step programs for various addictions and compulsive behaviors, ranging from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous—all using the same 12-Step methods.

Although the 12 Steps are based on spiritual principles, many nonreligious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs.

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Because recovery is a lifelong process, there’s no wrong way to approach the 12 Steps as the participant tries to figure out what works best for their individual needs. In fact, most participants find that as they grow in their recovery they will need to revisit some steps or even tackle more than one step at a time. Steps 1, 2, and 3 are considered the foundation of a 12-Step program and are recommended to practice daily.

Here are the 12 Steps as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
  8. Made a list of persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

The 12 Traditions

The 12 Traditions speak to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a group, unlike the 12 Steps, which are focused on the individual. The traditions are defined in the Big Book, the main governing literature of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most 12-Step groups have also adapted the 12 traditions for their own recovery plans.

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Here are the 12 traditions:

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority–a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities

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Does the Model Work?

Because of the anonymity of the program and lack of formal research available, it’s hard to tell just how effective the 12 Step model is. However, the prominence of this type of treatment as well as success stories from recovering addicts suggest it is effective.

At the very least, the 12-Step model provides support, encouragement and accountability for people who genuinely want to overcome their addiction. The sponsorship model as well as regular meeting times encourage the kind of social support that has helped countless people stay clean.

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