Aftercare treatment options often become the difference between a client staying sober or experiencing relapse after their recovery. If we can provide the right aftercare resources, then our graduating clients have a better chance of maintaining recovery. Among our favorite options is a 12 Step program. The concept behind 12 Step recovery is the same philosophy we use throughout our addiction treatment process. At this point, we want to discuss 12 Step programs and how they save lives.

What is 12 Step Recovery?

Woman and therapist discussing a 12 step recovery programBefore we discuss 12 Step recovery, we want to address the reality of leaving rehab. For the most part, rehab is a secure environment. All the services a client receives gives them comfort and hope. When it’s time to say goodbye, the client leaves as a different person. Of course, that can be an intimidating notion. That’s why we feel it’s essential to make sure our clients leave rehab with access to support resources.

A big part of our addiction therapy in Philadelphia includes the integration of 12 recovery. It’s no mistake that a lot of recovering alcoholics participate in the world’s favorite 12 Step program, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

The concept behind the 12 Steps of recovery is that there is a process people can use to maintain sobriety. The program calls this process “working the steps.” Of course, the only requirement for joining AA is a desire to get and stay sober. There is also an expectation that eventually, everyone is going to take time to work the steps.

The 12 steps serve as a staircase to a lasting recovery. It’s noteworthy that each member who works the steps should do so with a sponsor. A sponsor is a program confidant who agrees to serve as a guide for new members. A good sponsor is one that has already worked the steps and seeks to help others do the same.

As for the actual steps, they each have significance. It’s crucial that each member goes through the steps in order the first time. Why? It’s a precise process. Before we get into specifics, it’s essential for everyone to understand 12 Step recovery programs are spiritual but not religious. The programs do not focus on a literal God, but instead, they focus on what each member considers their own “higher power.”

The Concepts Behind the 12 Steps of Recovery

When someone sits in a 12 step recovery program in Philadelphia, they learn the steps the same way as a member of a Los Angeles group. What all members learn is there are three covenants behind the 12 steps. First, it’s necessary for each member to take inventory of themselves and take responsibility for their actions.

Next, each member needs to use this inventory to identify the people they harmed while dealing with addiction. After identifying their victims, it’s necessary to make amends when possible to do so without causing more harm.

Finally, there’s an expectation that each member stays in good standing within the program. That means continuing to do inventory and looking to their higher power for the strength to do the right thing. Doing the right thing includes being there to lend a hand to other people suffering from an addiction.

Working Towards Sobriety With Providence Treatment

In support of our 12 step recovery program in Philadelphia, we strive to serve our clients with elite care. Our client base includes business professionals and celebrities who have special needs, including a requirement for absolute privacy. In line with our client’s individual needs, we offer custom treatment programs that include evidence-based and holistic therapies. Our services include:

  • Outpatient care for professionals
  • Intensive family therapy
  • Professional laboratory monitoring
  • Silent retreats, spiritual counseling
  • Mindfulness training & non-dualistic meditation
  • PHP and IOP
  • Psychological testing

At this point, we would like to make two recommendations. First, you owe it to yourself to consider 12 Step recovery. History tells us these programs work. Our second recommendation is for you to consider getting treatment for your addiction at Providence Treatment in Media, PA. If you are ready to combat your addiction, you can contact us at 866.247.3307.