12 Step Model in Alcohol Rehab Centers

The 12-step model is offered as the basis for recovery in the majority of alcohol rehabs in the United States. It is recognized as the most widely used and successful treatment model in recovery since it was co-founded in 1939 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob. The 12-step model has since become the basis for almost every other self-help support group, including Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous.

SouthCoast Recovery offers a 12-step model within the core of our alcohol rehab program, combined with the finest clinical therapy, innovative workshops addressing the latest discoveries in mind, body and spirit connection, and advanced holistic healing therapies. We provide daily transportation to area 12-step meetings during alcohol rehab in order to promote fellowship within the local recovery community.

The Basis of 12-Step Model in Alcohol Rehab

The core of the 12-step program is admitting you no longer have power over alcohol and power to overcome your alcohol addiction must come from a greater source. Following are the 12-steps as used in most alcohol rehab centers:

  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.

SouthCoast Recovery offers the 12-steps as the core for which the remainder of our comprehensive program is built upon. The basis of the 12-steps was once described by Dr. Bob as “Trust God, Clean House, Help Others.” While we educate our clients on the disease of alcoholism, knowledge alone is not enough to keep an individual sober. A transformation is necessary at a mental, physical and spiritual level. SouthCoast Recovery addresses these levels through clinical therapy, holistic treatments and exposure to the 12-step model through participation at area meetings of AA, CA and NA.

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Non 12-step Model in Alcohol Rehab

There are a few alternatives to the 12-step program at alcohol rehabs in the U.S. Some alcohol rehabs primarily focus on healing the mind, body and spirit through holistic treatments and group processing, foregoing the 12-step model. This approach is tailored more to those individuals who may have trouble with the “reliance on a higher power” aspect of the program that suggests an emphasis on God.

Another approach places emphasis on behavioral cognitive therapy, which seeks to recondition addictive behaviors through replacement behavior, psychotherapy and even medication.

An adapted 12-step program is Celebrate Recovery. This Christian based program condenses the 12-steps into eight and the emphasis of the program is sole reliance on God to remove the obsession and compulsion for drugs and/or alcohol.

The traditional 12-step model by its very nature is not religious, but spiritual. Many people confuse the two, but whereas religion is based on an organized hierarchy that purports a certain belief and traditions to follow, spirituality is something that is individual in nature. Each person must learn how to define it for themselves and this is what a 12-step program can assist with.

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12-Step Model Most Effective in Alcohol Rehab

Most alcohol rehab programs are based on the 12-step model because over time it has continued to be the most successful method of recovery from alcoholism. Completing an alcohol rehab program based on the 12-step model and then continuing to apply the 12-steps following alcohol rehab seems to be the most effective method for long-term sobriety.

The 12-step model spans all ages, races, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. Each individual is encouraged to adopt a higher power of his or her understanding and then works through each of the 12 steps with a sponsor, a member with more sobriety who has already worked the steps. Members of the 12 step community draw together to share their experience, strength and hope with one another to encourage continued sobriety.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers 12 Step Model during Alcohol Rehab

SouthCoast Recovery offers a comprehensive approach to the treatment of alcoholism with the 12-step model at the core. The 12-step model addresses the spiritual malady of the disease, while clinical therapy addresses the mind and holistic therapies treat the body. This overall approach to wellness ensures a balanced treatment module that supports the healing process of mind, body and spirit. We offer daily transportation to 12-step meetings in the area, encouraging fellowship with other recovering members in the community. Many of our alumni have such a positive experience in the community, they return to call it home. Give us a call today and find out more about the 12-step model and other approaches to treatment our alcohol rehab center has to offer. Professional assistance is available 24/7.

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