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12 Step Program for Addiction

Twelve Step programs for addiction are a cornerstone of many recovery efforts. The Twelve Steps, originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, is the spiritual foundation for personal recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous was started in 1935 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Since then, programs have been started for almost any imaginable addiction or compulsion. At Serenity Acres, we introduce clients to Twelve Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Chemically Dependent Anonymous. Through participation in these programs, clients build a network of sober and supportive friends, learn the principles for remaining substance free, and promote sobriety through helping other addicts.

Studies have shown that for long-term recovery a 12 step based recovery program is most effective. The 12 steps are a proven method of alcoholism and addiction treatment. In combination with addiction counseling and intensive support twelve step based drug and alcohol treatment programs are a solid foundation upon which to build one’s recovery. At Serenity Acres, we not only engage clients with Twelve Step programs, but also many other therapies and modalities that all complement each other in order to help each person have the best chance of success at their recovery.

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are:

  • Step One – We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Step Two – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Step Three – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  • Step Four- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Step Five – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Step Six – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • Step Seven – Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • Step Eight – Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Step Nine – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Step Ten – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Step Eleven – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • Step Twelve – Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.