What is the 12 Step Process?

If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you are not alone. Alcoholism and drug addiction affect millions people in the United States alone. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to help you. One highly successful treatment is called a 12 step group. During the 12 step process, you will learn how to live your life drug and alcohol free.

The 12 step process is a type of addiction treatment that involves addicts helping other addicts by using the guiding principles of the 12 steps. These programs provide a step-by-step way to recover from an addiction. The 12 steps and 12 principles are a guide to sobriety. In order to understand what the process is you need to understand how the process works, why the process works, and how to start the process.

How Does the 12 Step Process Work?

12 Step Process

A solid support structure guides you step by step in your recovery.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the 12 step process works through:

  • 12 clearly defined steps
  • Taking responsibility for your own recovery
  • Mutual support
  • Anonymity
  • Easy access to a support structure

The 12 steps help you in a treatment center, at meetings, and in your life by giving you a tangible path to follow. Each step involves:

  • Discussion of the step with a sponsor or at a meeting
  • Literature
  • Contemplation of what each step means, how it affects you and those around you, and how to best accomplish that step
  • Worksheets and exercises to do on both paper and in your regular life
  • A resulting recovery goal that is accomplished by completing each step

Once you feel you have accomplished a step, you move on to the next one and repeat the process. Although this seems like a lot of work, you do not have to do it alone. All you have to do is call 800-781-0748 (Who Answers?) .

Why Do 12 Step Programs Work?

Understanding what 12 step programs can do for you is extremely important, knowing why they work is vital to that understanding. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the reasons why 12 step programs work are:

  • Feelings of camaraderie among the participants
  • A solid support structure with others in your situation
  • Spiritual support for those who desire it
  • A variety of groups to choose from
  • A lifelong program, when that is necessary
  • Active participation opportunities, rather than passive ones

In several studies, participants in a 12 step program—when combined with other treatment programs such as inpatient or outpatient treatment and counseling—have a much higher success rate than those who do not attend any treatment.

How Can You Start on the 12 Steps?

Enrolling in a treatment program that has 12 step meetings is an excellent way to start on your recovery. Although most 12 step meetings in recovery centers are designed to be welcoming for new people, there are actually specific meetings meant for newcomers. These meetings are open meetings for anyone who wants to attend.

You can benefit from the 12 step process and end your addiction simply by calling 800-781-0748 (Who Answers?) . We can help you find the 12 step program that is right for you.

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