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12 Step Program

Written on: May 1st, 2009 By:

12 Step Program

Do you struggle with addiction? While there are many programs available to help overcome addiction, the most successful method has proven to be the 12 step program.  There is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the 12 step program, most often associated with the founding principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Over the years, the 12 step program has been modified in spin-off programs such as Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Overeaters Anonymous. SouthCoast Recovery introduces the 12 step program as a basis for its holistic recovery program in Dana Point, California.

What is a 12 step program?

A 12 step program is based on taking a series of steps through guided action to effect an internal change so addiction loses its grip. This is accomplished by a personality change, also referred to as a psychic change effected through “spiritual awakening.” While this may be enough to scare people away from the idea of a 12 step program, it has little to do with religion. The idea of relying on a Higher Power to overcome addiction is at the basis of 12 step programs; however, this concept can be anything the individual chooses, even the support group itself.

The first step requires the individual to admit their lives have become unmanageable because of their alcohol or drug use. This is referred to as “Surrender” – letting go of the attempt to control alcohol or drug usage which has generally become uncontrollable by this time. From this first step, the others unfold in progression generally through the help of a sponsor. Through the steps, behavior patterns and consequences are identified and amends are made to those who have been hurt by the individual’s actions while drinking. This process of clearing up emotional wreckage frees the individual to begin building a new life without dragging along emotional baggage and patterns that could lead back to drinking or drug usage.

After working all 12 steps, individuals generally experience a change in personality and behavior. They are then in a position to give back by working the steps with others, helping to maintain their sobriety and the principles of the program for a lifetime. SouthCoast Recovery offers a social model program that encourages sobriety through the support of peers, attendance at area 12 step meetings and role modeling through sponsorship. Residential alcohol and drug treatment is available for 30, 60, 90 days and 6 months in the scenic harbor town of Dana Point, California. For more information, call today to speak to one of our intake coordinators.


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