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12 Steps to Sobriety

Written on: May 1st, 2009 By:

12 Steps to Sobriety

One of the greatest benefits of a 12 step program is the support of others in overcoming addiction. Addiction shatters lives and hearing how others have pieced their lives back together offers hope, insight and encouragement for those in early sobriety as well as a sense of accountability.

It’s been said if you go to enough 12-step meetings, you’ll hear your story. The support of the group helps introduce new members to the power of the 12-steps in overcoming old patterns and behaviors while relying on others. It is a program of action that requires internal work in order to experience the behavioral changes necessary to overcome addiction and live a new life free of drugs and alcohol. New perspective is applied to old problems from those who have “been there and done that.”

Locating 12 Step Meetings

12 step meetings can be found almost anywhere in the world. One of the strongest 12 step communities is located in Orange County, California, with over 1,000 step meetings a week. This is one of the reasons why SouthCoast Recovery has a successful social model program that provides transportation to area 12 step meetings on a daily basis. Clients live in residential homes steps from some of the best beaches in south Orange County and come together at a central Wellness Center for holistic treatments, clinical therapy and group support. Introducing clients to the 12 step program in Orange County has proven instrumental to long-term success in sobriety.

12 Step Support

Accepting support from others in a 12 step program is vital in integrating the principles, whether it’s Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The basis is the same, calling for reliance on a Higher Power in overcoming addiction. This concept can be somewhat confusing initially but this is why it’s so helpful to become part of the fellowship. Others with time in sobriety help those new to the program walk through the steps and avoid the pitfalls in early sobriety. It may seem difficult to adapt to a group at first. Many alcohol and drug abusers become loners in the later stages of alcoholism or drug addiction. Members of 12 step groups are very welcoming, encouraging and supportive of newcomers. If you are struggling with addiction and need help, call one of our intake coordinators at SouthCoast Recovery. We’ll give you the support you need to overcome


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