We hear about the Twelve Steps of Recovery, but for some people, such as those new to sobriety, this may be unfamiliar. The twelve step philosophy is a sobriety program that centers around unity and strong sober support. Such programs have helped countless individuals recover from their addictions. Some of the therapy techniques at Bright Futures are based on a twelve step model. For more information and to find out about our treatment options, feel free to call our 24/7 addiction support hotline at [wisSW_ClickNTap telephoneNumber=”8447623700″ type=”telephone||skype:”](844) 762-3700[/wisSW_ClickNTap].
The Twelve Steps Philosophy
For many decades, the principles of the twelve steps have been a very important part of the recovery process for many individuals. Numerous treatment facilities, including Bright Futures, use this philosophy as a guide to nurturing addicts and alcoholics back to health both mentally and spiritually. Although our treatment center has an integrated program that offers a comprehensive approach, many of our therapists and counselors follow a twelve step recovery plan themselves. The original Twelve Steps, as published in the original Alcoholics Anonymous literature are as follows:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—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.
- We 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 experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Complete Approach To Addiction Treatment
These directions, if followed correctly under the guidance of a spiritual adviser or a sponsor, will improve all areas of your life, not just your issues with substance abuse. The steps were created to make you a better person; to be honest, have courage and faith, to empower yourself and channel your frustrations accordingly with a personal inventory and make amends to those whom you’ve harmed. However, the program does not work for absolutely every individual, and there are plenty of other alternatives such as:
- SMART RECOVERY
- Self-Help Guides/Groups
- Recovery International
- Organized Religion
- Celebrate Recovery
For some people, sheer willpower keeps them clean and sober for years. At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we will always tell you the truth; we will not force you to follow a twelve step program during your course of treatment. We will offer you a personalized plan and guide you down the pathway to your own journey to lasting recovery that may include principles of sobriety from multiple sources. If you are interested in finding out more about a plan of recovery that will work uniquely for you, contact our admissions office 24/7.