How a 12 Step Program Helps Recovery, Is It Right For You?

In the lexicon of de-addiction therapies, ’12-Steps’ is a very popular term. But what are those 12 Steps who designed them, and how does the 12-Step recovery program help from addiction? This post hopes to throw more light on the same.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a global community that was incepted around 80 years ago. It was founded by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson in 1935 and later on included two more groups in 1939. Today, the community has grown to have around 115,000+ groups worldwide. The concept behind AA was to bring together people who were struggling with alcohol addiction and allow them to support each other through meetings and discussions by sharing their experiences, recover from the addiction, and prevent relapses. It was this group that created a 12-step approach to overcome alcohol addiction by incorporating an element of spirituality within the process. While initially it was solely based on Christian principles, as the group spread, it has now become creed-agnostic, and the principles were molded to be secular in nature.

What are the 12 Steps?

The following are the 12 steps of AA that aid in addiction recovery:

  1. We admit that we were powerless against alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. We have come to believe that a Power greater and beyond ourselves would be able to restore sanity in our lives.
  3. We have made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the protection and care of God as we understand him.
  4. We have made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admit to God, to ourselves, and to other human beings, the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We are ready to have God eliminate all such defects in our character.
  7. We humbly ask God to help remove our shortcomings.
  8. We have made a list of all the persons who we have harmed, and we are willing to make amends for the same to those persons.
  9. We have made direct amends to such persons to the greatest extent possible, except if in order to make such amends, we would have to do something that risks causing injury to them or to others.
  10. We have continued to take personal inventory, and if we went wrong, we promptly admitted our mistakes.
  11. We have sought, through prayer and through meditation, to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand him, and we pray only for the knowledge of His Will for us and for the power to carry out the same.
  12. After having had a spiritual awakening as a result of following these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics to help them in addiction recovery, as also continue to practice these principles in all of our affairs.

From the above, it should be clear how a 12-step recovery program helps in alcohol addiction. The 12 steps of AA try to tap into the inner core of a person through spirituality, and equip him or her to emotionally empower themselves to be able to shun alcohol addiction. As such, we at Alpha Healing Center have had considerable success in enabling patients to have a complete and successful addiction recovery from alcohol.