Most men and women who have had any degree of exposure to addiction treatment are familiar with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12-step method of addiction recovery has been utilized since the mid-1930s, when it was first developed by two men (Bill W. and Dr. Bob, as they are commonly called) in Akron, Ohio. Alcoholics Anonymous, more commonly referred to as AA, is a program that was developed by alcoholics for alcoholics – one that provides a free and effective treatment option and is commonly used in combination with medical detox and residential or inpatient treatment.
More About the Twelve-Steps in Addiction Treatment
Reputable treatment centers always incorporate some level of 12-step integration, because continuing with a personal program of recovery after treatment is crucial to the maintenance of sobriety. That is to say that the recovery process doesn’t end simply because clinical treatment has concluded. To stay sober, the person who has recently completed treatment must enter into a thorough and personalized program of aftercare.
At Garden State Treatment Center, we set all of our clients up for continued success in sobriety by thoroughly introducing them to the 12 steps of AA (or Narcotics Anonymous, depending on their personal preference and their personal history of substance abuse). If you are a “chronic relapser” – someone who has been to rehab multiple times only to find yourself slipping back into old ways of thinking once treatment has concluded – it might be because you need a little more structure in your life. This structure can easily be gained by active participation in AA or NA.
Why is 12-Step Involvement Important?
12-step integration is a crucial part of every effective recovery program for several distinctive reasons. These reasons include:
- Participating in a 12-step program helps clients develop a sense of structure that is very important to maintaining sobriety once they transition back into fully independent living. Clients are required to attend at least one 12-step meeting a day. Being accountable to a group of people and knowing that not showing up will mean getting several phone calls is very beneficial when it comes to maintaining structure.
- 12 step immersion provides clients with a built-in support system. They get to know the members of their home group on a personal basis before the time they leave treatment, and when they graduate from our treatment program they have a circle of people that they can lean on for additional support whenever necessary. This is part of the reason why 12-step program involvement is so important – because addiction recovery cannot be carried out without help.
- As mentioned previously, having a plan for continuing care is essential to relapse prevention. Most aftercare plans include 12-step program involvement, individual therapy, and ongoing psychiatric services whenever necessary. However, 12-step program involvement is the only part of aftercare that will last for years and years after clinical treatment concludes.
12-Step Addiction Treatment Approach
At Garden State Treatment Center, we take 12-step integration very seriously. Not only do we thoroughly educate each of our clients on the way that each of the 12 steps works (and what they should expect when going through their step work), but we require daily meeting attendance and active engagement in step work while clients are in treatment.
Begin Your Journey of Healing Today
If you or someone you love has been struggling to stay sober, simply give Garden State Treatment Center a call and we will get you started on your journey of long-term healing. No matter how severe a substance abuse disorder has become, recovery is possible. To learn more about the role that Alcoholics Anonymous plays in every reputable treatment program, feel free to reach out to our treatment advisors with any additional questions.