How rehab centres can help an alcoholic – the 12 step program put into practice
The 12-step program was created by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and is one of the oldest treatments for alcoholism (and also other addictions). But that doesn’t mean that it’s not effective. In fact, it’s still commonly used in treatment centres all over the world.
This alcohol and addiction recovery treatment program was devised to be one of the best ways to overcome an alcohol addiction. It was made more popular when other treatment groups began to use it and change it to suit their own support needs. For example, Cocaine Anonymous made use of the 12-step program, but it’s been altered to be better suited for cocaine addictions.
The 12-step program relies heavily on faith and religion, but it has still been effective for people who aren’t religious, too.
The 12-steps were designed to help alcoholics to recover from their addiction – and it has proven to be able to do so in many cases.
Also, there isn’t exactly a correct or incorrect way to go through the treatment, either. Some people choose to do a few steps at once, or just one at a time – and some people even go back and redo some of the steps. Since the alcoholic is progressing through the treatment, they know which way is the most effective and comfortable for them.
Step 1: Admit that you have no power over your alcohol consumption and that you have an addiction that you are struggling with.
Step 2: Believe that there is a power which is greater than yourself and that it can help you to recover from alcoholism.
Step 3: Turn your life over to this power.
Step 4: Make a moral inventory of yourself.
Step 5: Admit the nature of your addiction to yourself, to the power that you believe can help you and also to others
Step 6: Be ready for the power to remove all of the defects from your character
Step 7: Ask it to remove your shortcomings
Step 8: Make a list of those who you have previously harmed through your addiction and be willing to make amends to them.
Step 9: Make direct amends to these people if you are able to, except if it could cause danger to you, them, or others.
Step 10: Continue to make an inventory of yourself and if you were originally wrong about it, admit it.
Step 11: Try to improve your conscious contact with the power through prayers and/or meditation.
Step 12: After completing these steps, carry the message of the 12-step program to other alcoholics and continue to practice them in your daily life.
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