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12 Step Program in the Treatment of Addiction

12 Step ProgramA Center for Addiction Recovery embraces the traditional 12-Step Program, along with its intensive psychotherapy and other reflective alternative therapies. Our local clients attend and participate in weekly AA and NA meetings.

What Is the 12 Step Program?

Founded in the 1930's, the original steps of A.A. were suggested as a program of recovery.

The version of the 12 Steps below is an adaptation from the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and is intended for general use with any addictive or dysfunctional behavior.

The 12 Steps

  • Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable
  • Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
  • Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
  • Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
  • Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
  • Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
  • Step 7 - Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
  • Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
  • Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
  • Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
  • Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out
  • Step 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

A Center for Addiction and Recovery and local 12-Step Fellowships have a history of mutual respect, recognizing the contribution each can make to an individual's recovery. Many clients have found the 12-Step Program to be both positive and fulfilling in their struggle with compulsive behaviors with substances, food and gambling.

Programs Patterned After Alcoholics Anonymous

Fellowships in this section follow reasonably close variations of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.