Introduction to 12-Step Program
Our treatment program includes participation in a introductory 12-step support group, either Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Twelve-Step groups help each of us help each other in overcoming our addictions and maintaining sober lives. They are the most wide spread continuing care programs in the world!
The majority of drug and alcohol rehab programs provide 12-step support groups to assist in the recovery process. A Florida 12-Step Rehabilitation Program is a set of guiding principles (sometimes accepted by members as being ‘spiritual principles’) outlining a course of action for tackling problems including alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsion. Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, the original Twelve Steps were first published in the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism. The method was adapted and became the foundation of other twelve-step programs.
As summarized by the American Psychological Association, the initial 12 steps involved the following:
|Admitting that one cannot control one’s alcoholism, addiction or compulsion;|
|Recognizing a higher power that can restore sanity;|
|Examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (experienced member);|
|Making amends for these errors;|
|Learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior;|
|Helping others who suffer from the same alcoholism, addictions or compulsions.|