12 steps program
The 12 step program was started by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. The program is well-known and a widely used treatment approach throughout the world. Because of its varied success the 12 steps have been used to address and manage many other life-controlling issues and addictions other than chemical dependency. Also see Christian Based 12 step program Celebrate Recovery
The substance abuse groups also include Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are proponents of the "disease concept", and maintain that addiction is a disease which can be managed through adherence to the program. A popular saying within AA and NA communities is that, it works if you work it. Which also indicates that if one does the program halfheartedly, it probably won't work. Overall, the program has had varied success for those willing to diligently work the steps. The basis and foundation for the program is putting faith in God, however, the god of your choosing; But if you pick the wrong god there won't be much power to heal in that, will there?
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
The Spiritual Battle of Addiction
The 12 step program involves addicts admitting they are powerless over their addiction and that their lives have become unmanageable. Also they are encouraged to put their faith in a higher power, one greater than themselves and be willing to make amends to God and all who they have done wrong whenever safe and possible to do so.
Members are strongly encouraged to attend 12 step meetings regularly and to take staying sober one day at a time. The 12 step program groups are held for fellowship with other recovering individuals who share similar experiences and hope with other members and support one-another in trying to overcome drugs and alcohol addiction. The only membership requirement for the 12 step program is a desire to stop using addictive substances. A.A. N.A. and C.A. is self-supporting through its own contributions and do not require any fee to participate. The purpose of the 12 step recovery program is to help addicts regain control of their lives which have been impaired from substance abuse and learn how to maintain sobriety. The 12 step treatment approach has help many addicts and has had success with willing individuals who seriously work the program. Many drug rehab programs are based on the 12 step concepts worldwide.
- Here are the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and 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.
A 12-step based drug rehab centers may also include a variety of other treatment options, such as Christian counseling, individual therapy, dual diagnosis treatment and many other holistic treatments. These programs are available on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
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