12-Step Philosophy

Self-accountability and peer support are essential for successful ongoing recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). According to Social Work in Public Health, “There are many paths to recovery from alcohol and SUDs, and one that has been traveled by many and is associated with positive long-term outcomes is involvement in 12-Step and mutual/self-help groups,” including:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
12-Step Philosophy

Treatment programs at The Family Place offer an introduction to popular peer support options like support groups, individual or group therapy, and the 12-Step philosophy. We use aspects of the 12-Step philosophy in every treatment program and encourage clients to explore the exceptional support offered by local 12-Step meetings and groups.

What Is the 12-Step Philosophy?

The 12-Step philosophy revolves around the Twelve Steps that were introduced by Bill Wilson in the 1930s. The Twelve Steps have undergone certain modifications to modernize them and make them accessible to a broader range of individuals. Many people in recovery base their new lifestyle on the Twelve Steps or combine the Twelve Steps with other recovery ideologies. Some of the primary healing principles of the 12-Step philosophy include:

  • Acceptance: Addiction is a disease, and the best way to avoid the damaging effects is through total abstinence. Acceptance of the realities of addiction gives people the motivation to maintain sobriety.
  • Surrender to a Higher Power: Surrendering to a higher power or the fellowship of peers gives individuals in recovery a solid foundation to support healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Active Involvement in Recovery: Attending meetings, being a role model, and becoming actively involved in the recovery community provides regular opportunities for you to learn, grow, and heal alongside others with similar experiences.

Clinicians at The Family Place want clients to feel confident about attending meetings to ensure they get the continuing care they need after completing rehabilitation. The 12-Step community has become a lifeline and an essential support system for many people.

An Introduction to 12-Step Meetings

Joining a new community can sometimes feel frightening or overwhelming. Not everyone is comfortable attending 12-Step meetings at first, especially if they only know stereotypes and exaggerated media representations of self-help groups. To help clients ease into learning about the 12-Step philosophy, we encourage them to participate in regular support meetings outside the facility. Seeing how the steps affect people in day-to-day life can facilitate positive changes and an acceptance of the core values of integrity, honesty, accountability, and hope.

Meetings follow the same basic format no matter where you go. The consistency provides comfort and familiarity that is grounding for many who use 12-Step meetings as a primary form of support. Meetings generally last about an hour and consist of the following:

  • Introductions, a primer on the rules, and recitation of the Serenity Prayer
  • Guided discussions about topics relevant to recovery
  • Sharing of personal struggles and successes
  • Guest speakers or reading from 12-Step literature
  • General announcements

A common misconception is that you must be religious to find meaning in the 12-Step philosophy. However, you can easily adapt it to accommodate most religious, cultural, and personal traditions or beliefs. At The Family Place, we support diversity and encourage our clients to find a recovery philosophy that speaks to them. You are more likely to maintain sobriety if you strongly agree with the principles you choose to follow.

How the Twelve Steps Enhance Treatment

Most individuals find that using multiples forms of therapy and support provides the best outcomes. Following the Twelve Steps can enhance treatment by providing the following:

  • A safe space to share successes and seek advice
  • Accountability and motivation to abstain
  • Support in the form of peers, mentors, and sponsors
  • A place where you can act as a role model for others in recovery

The Twelve Steps give you the tools to build a healthier future for yourself and your loved ones.

12-Step Facilitation and Other Resources

Twelve-Step and self-help groups meet in-person and online, making it accessible for people from all walks of life. No matter where you live or what type of access you have to resources, there will be an option to attend 12-Step meetings. We believe in facilitating the 12-Step community by educating our clients about the benefits of attending meetings and becoming a member of the fellowship.

At The Family Place, we offer aspects of 12-Step facilitation to clients who want to learn more about the 12-Step approach to sobriety. At your request, a therapist can walk you through each step and how they apply to your circumstances. You will know what to expect in meetings and how peer support can increase the effectiveness of treatment and therapy before joining a group.

Aftercare Services and Continuing Care

After completing the treatment program, you will have access to a wide range of aftercare and alumni services to ensure you receive the best continuing care. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “[T]he efficacy of 12-step programs (and 12-step facilitation) in treating alcohol dependence has been established,” making it an excellent resource. In addition, “[T]he treatment appears promising for helping drug abusers sustain recovery.” Twelve-Step peer programs, meetings, and events are effective during rehabilitation and long-term recovery. During treatment, active involvement in a 12-Step group increases the likelihood you will continue to attend meetings and maintain long-term sobriety. 

We work passionately to help our clients succeed at overcoming addictive behaviors and encourage the development of healthier coping skills. Being able to rely on a group of peers who have lived through similar experiences is an excellent way to increase self-efficacy, self-accountability, and self-acceptance.

Get the support you need to begin healing today! The Family Place incorporates the 12-Step philosophy into our treatment programs and provides access to local meetings. Contact our office to speak with a dedicated admissions agent and learn more about the treatments we have to offer. Call us today at 1-800-501-7796.

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