To support an understanding of the 12-Steps, we teach the disease concept, recovery process, relapse prevention, and physical and emotional self-care. While the words God and Higher Power are found in the steps, we do not require or promote any particular belief, beyond recognition that we ourselves are not the highest power in the universe.
How it Works
Group leaders adjust each daily session to the needs of the group. Review of the steps is normal and necessary to long-term sobriety, so it is not required that the steps be studied in order.
Long-term recovery may be sustained by working the Twelve Steps with a community of peers in a treatment setting. It is a simple program of study and action that yields results!
Treatment by 12-Steps
Steps One through Three may be summarized as I can’t, we can, let’s commit to trying; another shorthand version is: I want to quit, I need help, show me the way. They are the critical foundation for rehabilitation.
Step Four requires an honest self-appraisal of past behavior, and recognition of patterns and habits which perpetuated dishonest and inappropriate behavior.
In Step Five we confidentially admit to another person, and to our higher power, the nature of our character defects.
Steps Six and Seven build and encourage a humble and contemplative desire for union with God, as we understand God.
Steps Eight and Nine continue to deal with the wreckage of our past by listing those we have harmed and becoming willing to make amends to them all.
Steps Ten through Twelve give us a way to live our lives in recovery by establishing daily practices to remind us of our commitments, to enlighten us, to continue observing ourselves to ensure right action, and to be of service to others.