When it comes to recovery programs there are a number of methods out there. In general, there is no one method that is head and shoulders above the rest. Instead, it depends more specifically on the individual. What one person responds to and finds works may not be the same as what you find works. One of the most popular rehab methods that is designed to help you not only at the beginning of sobriety but to assist in your continued sobriety is a 12 step program. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) made the 12 step program famous, and while there are other variations, nearly all are based on this program. If you are considering such a program here is what you need to know about it.

What Are The Steps In A 12 Step Program?

According to Alcoholics Anonymous, these are the following steps in the organization’s program:

  1. Admit you are powerless over alcohol (or your other addiction)
  2. Come to accept and believe there is a greater power that can help restore your sanity
  3. Make a decision to turn your will over to the care of God
  4. Perform a moral inventory of yourself
  5. Admit to yourself and to God the nature of your wrongs and what you’re struggling with
  6. Be ready to have God remove the defects of character
  7. Ask God for help with removing your shortcomings
  8. Make a list of people you have harmed and caused problems for (these don’t need to be exclusively because of your addiction)
  9. Make amends with the people on your list
  10. Take a personal inventory of yourself. If you identify any wrongdoing make sure to admit it right away.
  11. Seek to improve your consciousness through prayer and meditation.
  12. Experience a spiritual awakening based on the previous 11 steps.

Non-Religious 12 Step Programs

There are a number of people who not only are non-religious but who feel uncomfortable with the inclusion of any religious aspects of a 12 step program. AA is not a religious exclusive rehab program and those involved often will provide slight alterations to the religious steps while maintaining the same meaning. However, if you’re curious about non-religious programs Well Mind With Dr. Michael McGee did create a similar, but non-religious take on the popular 12 step program. For this, the steps are as follows:

  1. 12 step programAdmit you are powerless over alcohol.
  2. Came to accept and believe you need strength beyond your own awareness and help restoring your sanity.
  3. Make the decision to entrust your life and your will to the care of the collective wisdom of those who have looked for answers before you.
  4. Perform a complete moral inventory of yourself.
  5. Admit to yourself completely and to another person the exact nature of your wrongs.
  6. Be ready to accept help in letting go of your addictions and your character defects.
  7. Be open and humble with your willingness to remove your shortcomings.
  8. Make a list of all the people you have harmed.
  9. Make direct amends to everyone on the list you created.
  10. Continue to make a personal inventory of yourself and, when you are wrong, make sure to admit it right away.
  11. With the help of meditation and calming your mind look to improve your mental wellbeing by obtaining a deeper spiritual awareness and understanding of the AA way of life.
  12. Have had a spiritual awakening based on the program.

Essentially, this is the same as the regular AA program, only instead of being accountable to God in some of the steps you are accountable to someone you trust.

Begin Your Journey To Sobriety Today

One of the most widely used rehab programs around is the 12 step method. Even if you do not follow the religious elements of the program it does provide a helpful step-by-step method of coming to terms with your alcohol addiction (or other addiction) while doing what you can to move forward, away from it and toward sobriety. If you are considering a 12 step program Davie, FL has available, Atlantic Recovery Center is here for you. So when you’re ready, give the team a call with any of your questions. If you want to know more about the recovery center and everything it provides you are just a single phone call away.