12-Step Program in Addiction Treatment
The 12-step program is the most commonly known addiction treatment method. This model for overcoming addiction has effectively helped treat the disease of addiction for over 70 years. The origins of the 12-step program stem from the development of Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 1930's. The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith had a chance encounter in Akron Ohio. Both of these gentlemen for years had been struggling with alcoholism, and had found it impossible to overcome no matter what they tried. They learned however as they supported one another, the missing aspect to their previous attempts to get sober seemed to be an accountability aspect, an improved spiritual aspect, and last but certainly not least a service aspect.
Wilson and Smith found that incorporating different aspects of what they used to overcome their drinking problems produced a solid foundation to the rest of their lives. In short, in an area where nothing had worked to arrest their alcoholism, they were now leading full and productive lives. They set out to help others with this new found fellowship program, knowing that the fellowship of these individuals only strengthened their recovery. The 12-step program was developed and in 1939 the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous was published to be a widespread information guideline to the 12-step program, and a foundational text of the fellowship. Since then this publication has been reprinted in four editions and continues to be the authoritative writing about overcoming addiction.
It is said that our recovery is based on the daily maintenance of our spiritual program. The 12-step model for addiction treatment and recovery is the program designed to help us achieve that daily maintenance. The program today is considered the mainstream of the recovery movement. It is an integral part of the alcohol and drug rehab process here at our facility. The steps as they say are but suggestive only. However in a world that for many of us has been a very dark and foreboding place, the 12-steps give a linear guideline for the process of recovery and a promise that should we follow these steps, that we will know freedom and we will be able to comprehend the word serenity.
The 12-steps are:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- 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.
Support Within the Program
The strength of this modality stems from the support structure surrounding our recovery. Support in the program is such a vital aspect. 12-Step groups help each of us help each other in overcoming our addictions and maintaining sober lives. It is the most wide spread continuing care program in the world! 12-Step support groups begin for many of us in addiction treatment programs. While there are no hard numbers it is safe to assume that the majority of rehabilitation programs provide 12-step support groups to assist in the recovery process.
A sponsor is an equally integral piece of the 12-step program. A sponsor is someone who has successfully worked the steps and found a lasting recovery. They are mentors and guides in working the steps of recovery. They also play the role of sounding board, providing one-on-one help during the critical moments of our early recovery. When clients of our addiction treatment program begin the process of their recovery, they often times work with members of our staff that are in recovery as well!
Cirque Lodge Program
Cirque Lodge takes pride in being a leader in 12-step drug rehab and alcohol treatment program. To enhance this portion of our program, we incorporate a number of leading addiction treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and experiential therapy to a client's recovery plan. It is the integration of these modalities along with the 12-steps that has helped many of our residents and alumni find long-term, successful recovery. We like to believe that our treatment is personal and caring! It is this personalized approach that provides each resident with specific solutions for the various problems developed during ones addiction.
Addiction treatment and the 12-steps lay the foundation of our recovery. It is working the steps that build the structure. Depending on our commitment to the program and to the steps, the house is either a sturdy structure or one of sticks! We don't get better through osmosis. You will need to come in work hard and be ready to make changes. It is often said that "Willingness is when the pain of life is greater than the fear of change." The Steps are a program of living; a program for life. The program will stay with us long after we leave the friendly confines of the Cirque Lodge. Alcohol and drug treatment is about discovery, the steps are about Recovery!
If you or someone you are close to is in need of addiction treatment for drugs or alcohol, call us at 1-800-582-0709 and begin your program of recovery.