What is a 12-Step Program?

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Are you ready to give up alcohol or drugs? Have you tried in the past without success? Do you have a good support system? Do you know where to go to find help? What is this 12-step program you’ve heard about? Can the 12 steps of AA work for other substances?

Get answers to all your questions about the 12 steps of recovery for drugs and alcohol today. Check out the information below and set up a confidential consultation with a medical professional at Summit Malibu for additional treatment and assistance.

12 Steps of Recovery

Many people have heard of the 12 steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), but did you know that recovery help is also available for other addictions? Many organizations use this method because of its proven success. Find out if the 12 steps of NA (Narcotics Anonymous) or HA (Heroin Anonymous) can help you as well.

According to Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 steps of recovery are as follows:

  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 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.

How Do I Apply the 12 Steps to My Life?

The best way to get started implementing the 12 steps of recovery in your life is to work with a team of trained mental health professionals. An organization that runs a 12-step program can make sure you have all the information, help, and support you need to be successful. This is particularly beneficial if you need assistance from medical personnel for detoxification, withdrawal symptoms, or addiction-related health concerns.

It is also crucial that you continue to use the skills you have learned during this program throughout the rest of your life. Fortunately, during the program, you will most likely connect with a mentor, as well as a peer support group. Together you can move forward, hold one another accountable, and provide encouragement during difficult circumstances and future life events.

Summit Malibu

The Summit Malibu Residential Program provides services such as medical and psychiatric assessments, various types of therapy, life skills training, and more. We provide both 12-step and non-12 step-based recovery programs, and we are confident that our individualized treatment plans can lead you to recovery and fulfillment. 

Contact Summit Malibu to learn more about the 12 steps of recovery and to schedule a consultation today.