The 12 steps are a way of living: The 12 steps are often described as a “spiritual program for living”. All of the steps in the 12 steps have an attached “spiritual principle” which are considered to be universal. Living by these principles help people learn how to think less of themselves and more for others.
Benefits of Including the 12 Steps in Treatment
- The 12 steps can be considered another “tool” for the recovery “toolbox”: Throughout treatment, everyone is gathering “tools” for their recovery “toolbox”. Tips, practices, techniques, and treatment methods are micro components of the greater recovery lifestyle they are learning to live. The 12 steps and 12 step meetings become part of that process, acting as a healthy routine.
- Meetings allow clients to get off site in the evening and meet others: Going to 12 step meetings is often a welcome break from the full day of therapeutic treatment programming. People in treatment are also quick to access coffee, cookies, doughnuts and other treats at meetings which they might not be getting at their treatment facility. Meeting peers in recovery is important for learning about other’s experiences with addiction and recovery.
- Attending 12 step meetings is a unique experience: There is nothing like a 12 step meeting. Despite treacherous tales of struggle, there is a tremendous amount of hope that is shared in every 12 step meeting. Everyone has an incredible story to tell that is inspiring and educational. There are few experiences in the world like attending a 12 step meeting.
- Working on the 12 steps can guide the therapy process: Where a client is in their steps can greatly help their therapist. Parts of the steps touch on different topics of someone’s personal life which can bring up triggering memories and challenges. Each phase of step work offers a guide to therapists to explore what is coming up more deeply.
- Hearing other people’s stories helps reduce shame, stigma, and isolation: Addiction is an isolating disease, convincing the people struggling with it that they are completely alone in their struggles. Hearing the stories and personal experiences of others who are choosing to stay recovered every day reduce the isolation and shame of having an addiction.
- After graduating treatment, clients have a community of people to support them as they develop independence: Regularly attending local meetings during treatment helps clients build a community network of people who they can call on, attend meetings with, and rely on after they graduate, making the transition into independence smoother.
Lakehouse Recovery Center includes daily 12 step advocacy and onsite meetings as well as panels for 12 step programs. We’ve also been known to take our twelve step meetings out on our boat for a sunset cruise. At Lakehouse, we’re helping clients recover mind, body, and spirit, while teaching them how to have fun again through recovery without needing drugs and alcohol. For information on our residential detox and inpatient program in addition to our intensive outpatient and 12 month aftercare, call us today: 877.762.3707