12-Step Integration

12-Step integration in south carolina rehab

At BriteLife, our objective is the seamless integration of state-of-the-art medical and clinical services that will help our clients heal and recovery from substance use disorder. At the same time, we prepare our clients with the tools they need to succeed in recovery. 12-step programs are one of those tools. In fact, the 12-steps are a spiritual plan of action that can change our experiences and bring new (or renewed) purpose into everyday life.

When a person follows a 12-Step program, including getting a sponsor and helping others, recovery becomes more than just abstaining from drinking–it is a strategic route to a life that is happy, joyous, and free. The 12-step program provides a path to long-term sobriety. By quickly introducing the 12-steps, we poise our clients to succeed in sobriety long after treatment completion. We use 12-step integration at our South Carolina rehab so when clients return to their communities they have an instant support group to bolster their recovery.

It’s a Spiritual Program!

The 12-Steps are a spiritual program of action and change. They are not a religious program in any way. Instead, we help our clients to connect with a God or Higher Power of their own understanding. This requires learning to be guided by a set of spiritual principles such as honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. We also encourage our clients to participate in spiritual practices like guided meditation and mindfulness training—essential tenets of 12-Step recovery. Although many clients find incorporating a higher power to be conducive to their own recovery, clients don’t have to have a religious background to benefit from the 12-Steps; each recovery is unique. 

Who Are Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other. They do this to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. The same would apply to Narcotics Anonymous or other related 12-step programs.

Anyone who believes they have a drinking or drug abuse problem can join. It is open to all ages, genders, education levels, races, and religions. 12-steppers come from all over the community; they are the newly sober, those coming back after relapse, the old-timers, and more. One thing they all have in common is that they want to get sober and stay that way. They support others with the same goal. No one will inquire about your personal life, and members only share first names with each other. This rule is why 12-step treatment groups have the word “Anonymous” in their names; Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and so on.

The 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The 12-steps are excerpted from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA’s 12-Step approach follows a set of guidelines designed as “steps” toward recovery. For the most part, all 12-step programs adhere to the same principles but with addiction-specific language. For example, an AA 12-step meeting might only talk about problems related to alcohol.

The Twelve Steps of AA:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. 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.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 Traditions

The 12 Traditions communicate to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a group. The traditions are the core governing literature of Alcoholics Anonymous. Most 12-Step meeting groups have also tailored the 12 traditions to their group.

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority–a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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