Chemical dependency is a serious, potentially fatal disease. However, recovery from this disease is definitely possible. In fact, there are many treatment options available for those who want to begin their lifelong recovery. At New Directions for Women, we believe in and are deeply rooted in utilizing the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Considered the creed of the group Alcoholics Anonymous and first published in 1939, the 12-Steps consists of a dozen principles that are all designed to help those suffering from addiction or chemical dependency.
A summarized version of the Twelve Steps of AA are as follows:
- Acknowledgment that the person gave in to an addiction and as a result, lost control over their own life.
- Acknowledgement that you need help and the willingness to rely on others to cure your addiction.
- Putting your fate in the hands of a higher spiritual power
- A thorough self-evaluation.
- Admission of your offenses, both to God and to other people.
- Readiness to accept God’s grace in cleansing your soul and leading you in the right path.
- Asking God for help in transforming your life.
- Making a list of all the people who were harmed by your wrongdoings, with the intention of making amends.
- Efforts to make amends as much as possible, unless doing so would result in more harm.
- Continuous personal assessment and constant checking of your own actions.
- Establishing a strong spiritual connection through constant prayer and meditation, especially praying to know and recognize God’s will and to have the strength to follow it.
- After going through spiritual awakening and having established a deep connection with God, your next step is to help others experience the same and to support others in turning away from drug addiction and transforming their own lives.
The first step in treatment is acknowledging your addiction, and then asking for help from a higher power of your own understanding, and from other people. Know that you are not alone in your recovery is vital, because the disease of addiction is a disease of isolation. Following a 12 Step program also asks for an admission of your wrongdoings while in your active addiction and requires efforts to make amends.
After these amends have been made, one can live a life of continued recovery while also helping others who are chemically dependent. The 12 step program allows you to take an honest look at yourself so that you can make a mental, emotional and physical recovery while building a deeper spiritual connection with your higher power.
By participating in a 12 step program you are able to receive unconditional support, encouragement from others who continue to remain sober, a wealth of supportive friends and the confidence needed to live a life of recovery. You can also learn how to handle triggers in your life, learn how to talk to friends and relatives about your recovery, and learn how to continue to live a life free from addiction.
At New Directions for Women we are grounded in the 12 step program and provide not only Residential treatment, Intensive Sober Living and Intensive Outpatient services, but we also host a variety of on campus 12 Step meetings for community members, patients, and alumnae. If you need more information on chemical dependency and the 12 step program, our caring admissions counselors are available 24/7 to take your call and answer any questions you may have on getting help. Reach us by phone at 800-93-WOMEN. We can help. Stay in the loop with New Directions for Women by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.