Drug addiction is a serious problem which can be very difficult to treat, but it is very possible. Millions of men and women have achieved a lifelong recovery journey using the 12 Steps. In fact, there are many treatment options available for those who want to rid themselves of an addiction and the most popular tool of these is the 12-step based treatment.
Consider the creed of the group Alcoholics Anonymous. First published in 1939, the 12-step treatment consists of a dozen principles which are all designed to help those suffering from addiction or other behavioral problems.
The steps are summarized as follows:
1. Acknowledgment that the person gave in to an addiction and as a result, lost control over their own life
2. Acknowledgement that you need help and willingness to rely on others to cure your addiction.
3. Putting your fate in the hands of a higher spiritual power
4. A thorough self-evaluation.
5. Admission of your offenses, both to God and to other people
6. Readiness to accept God’s grace in cleansing your soul and leading you in the right path.
7. Asking God for help in transforming your life.
8. Making a list of all the people who were harmed by your wrongdoings, with the intention of making amends.
9. Efforts to make amends as much as possible, unless doing so would result in more harm.
10. Continuous personal assessment and constant checking of your own actions
11. 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.
12. 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.
In a nutshell, this treatment begins with acknowledging your addiction, and then proceeds with you asking for help from a higher power and from other people. It also involves an evaluation of your wrongdoings while under the influence of drugs and helps to make amends. After these amends have been made, you then try to live a new life while also helping other addicts to transform themselves.
The 12-step based treatment then focuses not only on physical recovery from drug addiction. It also helps you recover mentally and emotionally while building a deeper spiritual connection. Of course, like other treatments, the effectiveness of the 12-step program has been continually in question. While it has been proven successful for some, it does not work for everyone.
Because of this, non 12-step programs have emerged. Like the 12-step base treatment, these also help in aiding physical, mental and emotional recovery but do so while relying on medications that put a stop to physical cravings for drugs and a combination of one-on-one counseling and group therapy. New Directions for Women uses the 12-step program along with treatment tools such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and experiential therapies such as equine therapy or outrigger in the Newport Beach Aquatic Center to get the best results. Call New Directions for Women today to learn more from one of our caring admissions counselors, and begin to transform your life: 800.939.6636.