12 Step Rehab Program for Drug & Alcohol Addiction
The 12 Keys Approach to Rehabilitation
At 12 Keys Rehab, we employ a method called the 12 Keys Model for recovery that helps our clients get back to living rich, full lives. Our approach sets us apart from other providers in that we combine the time-tested, proven 12 steps of rehab program with cutting-edge mental health and trauma services. Our assessment process is one of the most thorough available, and we provide strong support and aftercare.
We realize there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. That’s why we combine the traditional 12-step process with very specific, individualized treatment plans. We assess our clients in several different situations so we can get the whole picture of how someone reacts to different environments. During the evaluation process, we learn what the client wants, and we also learn what he or she sees as barriers to improvement.
Another critical component to our 12-step rehab is family involvement. We receive feedback from family members so we have the best possible understanding of what will be necessary to facilitate change.
We employ several treatment methods in addition to the original 12-step program in order to meet our clients’ needs. Our large, qualified staff carries small caseloads so each therapist at our 12-step rehab center has the flexibility needed to continually assess each client and adjust his or her treatment plan as necessary.
The interventions we use will differ depending on the client. In addition to the 12-step rehab program, we also offer the following approaches:
- Mental Health
- Family Dynamics
- EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
A 12 step rehab program refers to a program based on the original 12 step model of recovery made popular through Alcoholics Anonymous. In the 1930s, two recovering alcoholics created a program based on the popular Oxford Group model of service — accountability and reconciliation — to recover from their alcoholism. They organized their program into a book simply called Alcoholics Anonymous. The two men began working directly with other alcoholics, and soon grew a fellowship that met in cities across the United States.
The people participating in these meetings needed a clear method for recovery, so the information contained within the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous was distilled into 12 steps. The 12 step recovery model is based on these original 12 steps. The model has helped many thousands of people successfully recover from addiction.
How Effective Are 12 Step Rehab Programs?
It can be difficult for researchers to quantify the effectiveness of 12 step programs. After all, when a program is “anonymous,” participants in studies may be few and far between. However, some research has been completed, and it demonstrates the effectiveness of the group model of recovery. These studies have found that:
- Clients with a high level of group support, such as those in 12 step meetings, recovered 83 percent of the time.
- 33 percent of 8,000 North American AA members surveyed in 2007 remained sober for 10 or more years.
- 12 percent were sober for 5 to 10 years.
At 12 Keys Rehab, we expand on the original 12-step program to incorporate several other treatment methods. For example, we offer trauma and mental health services in addition to primary counseling. In fact, we offer more one-to-one counseling than most other rehabilitation providers. Our multidisciplinary treatment team is qualified to provide both assessment and treatment for a broad range of addiction issues, as well as mental and behavioral problems.
Clients will be surrounded by recovered alcoholics and addicts who not only teach recovery, but also live it. Many of our staff are recovering addicts who have achieved long term sobriety and can show our clients there truly is life after addiction. In addition, all of our clients receive a sponsor in addition to the services we provide. These are just a few of the approaches that make our program successful:
- Clients participate in 12-step rehab program meetings daily
- Our clients learn how to live a life that is fulfilling and bountiful
- Clients are surrounded by people who understand what they are going through and know how to help them overcome their problem
What Are the Goals of a 12 Step Program?
When you begin your treatment program at 12 Keys, you will follow the 12 step methodology. Some of the central goals for your treatment include:
- Accepting that you are powerless over your addiction
- Accepting that you need help to remain abstinent
- By living the 12 steps every day, you can stay sober
Our goal at 12 Keys Rehab is to make your journey toward recovery as seamless as possible by removing obstacles which otherwise might stand in your way…
Expenses such as medications related to your treatment at 12 Keys Rehab are considered a cost of doing business…
As such, all meals, activities, and most incidentals, including the gym, are covered.
How Does 12 Keys Apply a 12 Step Program to My Needs?
12 Keys Rehab uses a 12 step approach, along with other treatments, to help individuals recover. If necessary, clients undergo a professionally managed detoxification program to safely withdraw from the addictive substance. When ready, they begin an intense multidisciplinary therapeutic program that builds the foundation of life-lasting sobriety. As they proceed through the steps, they begin making reparations to those they’ve harmed through addiction. Finally, clients put into practice the important daily maintenance actions that will help them live a sober, happy and productive lifestyle.
What Can I Expect From My 12 Step Meetings?
Each 12 step meeting at 12 Keys is led by a volunteer, and the position of meeting leader rotates according to the group’s consciousness. There’s no official leader, head or president. Everyone is equal in any 12 step fellowship.
After a brief welcome, the meeting leader usually asks for a moment of silence, and then the Serenity Prayer is read. The words of the Serenity Prayer are usually familiar to most people.
After this opening, the leader asks if anyone is new to the group or attending for the first, second or third time. The 12 steps and 12 traditions are read aloud. Sometimes, one person reads them, while at other meetings, a book is passed around the table and each person reads one and passes it along.
Meetings can also include speakers or staff members who will share their personal stories of recovery. The floor is always open for others to share. Even though you may be nervous to share your thoughts and emotions, being open about your progress during recovery can help you address and overcome any challenges.
After everyone has shared, the leader may ask for announcements. People may share news or updates about intergroup activities, recreational activities that are occurring that week, or exciting announcements about steps others have made in their recovery.
I Am Not an Alcoholic. Will the 12 Steps Still Work for Me?
At 12 Keys, we have adapted the 12 Steps of AA to help people with many types of problems, including addiction from alcohol, drugs, compulsive overeating, bulimia, anorexia, gambling, pornography and relationship addictions, and more. If you’re loving an addicted individual or living with an addicted individual, you can also follow the 12 steps to learn how to work through your emotions. The 12 step process works for anyone sincerely seeking a new blueprint for life that helps them live happily and productively — without the crutch of addition or destructive behaviors.
Do 12 Step Programs Have to be Religious?
Many atheists and agnostics are turned off by all the “God talk” language in the 12 steps or rehab. There’s an entire chapter devoted to this subject in the AA “Big Book” called We Agnostics. Many atheists successfully call the consciousness of their recovery group their “higher power,” since the combination of wisdom, strength and experience found within the group is much greater than their own. Remember that a higher power can be whatever, whoever or however it helps you stay sober, so ALL interpretations are welcome in a 12-step program. 12 Keys incorporates into its program a sense of spirituality, but not religion… The difference being that many can relate religion to going to church and thinking about fishing, while they relate spirituality to going fishing and talking to God.
What are the 12 Steps of AA?
The 12 steps are guidelines that individuals work on at their own pace, usually under the direction and support of a sponsor. A sponsor in a 12-step program is a friend and guide, a recovered addict who has found recovery through the steps. The steps are meant to be lived, not just read and acknowledged.
How the 12 Step Rehab Program Can Transform You
The first 3 steps have been called the “I can’t — God can — I think I’ll let God do it!” way of managing your life. These steps are typically renewed daily by addicts of every type.
- Step 1 — This step has been nicknamed the “honesty” step by 12-step members because it’s the step in which people get honest with themselves. It’s hard to admit you are powerless over anything, but doesn’t your addiction have you in its power? If you’ll do anything for a fix, then you’ve surrendered your power to your drug of choice. Step 1 means admitting this to yourself and the fact that your current lifestyle isn’t manageable anymore.
- Step 2 — This is the “hope” step. Addiction is an insane disease, leading people to do all sorts of crazy things in the service of their addiction. This step starts with an action — we “came to believe” or developed a belief that something outside of ourselves could restore us to sanity. Note that it’s phrased as a “power greater than ourselves.” As an addict, you may have tried many times to stop your addiction on your own, but on struggled. Now you need to believe in a power beyond your own to help you quit.
- Step 3 — This is the “faith” step and often the hardest for people to take. The idea is that God, or a power greater than ourselves, can help us. But God isn’t defined by one religious ideology. In fact, even if you have religious convictions, you’re encouraged to deepen your understanding of God. Addicts must then make a choice to turn their will and their lives over to the God of their understanding each day. It’s a mental and spiritual step that is refreshed each day. The idea is that following your own will has led you into trouble. It’s time to tune into a will greater and smarter than your own and ask for and receive guidance.
Steps 4 through 10 are intended to help addicts clean up the mistakes they’ve made, heal broken relationships, and rebuild their lives.
- Step 4 — Program members privately take a “searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves.” There are guidelines in the AA “Big Book” on how to approach this task. The goal is to identify personality trends that have kept users from sobriety. Like a shopkeeper taking stock of his store’s inventory so he knows what to keep and what to get rid of, you’re taking an inventory of your personality to decide what stays and what goes. Only you decide — no one in the program tells you what to do.
- Step 5 — In Step 5, you are asked to admit to God, yourself and another human being the exact nature of your wrongs. Most people nod and say, “Okay, I can tell God or my higher power. I’ve admitted it to myself, but why tell someone else?” Most people share their inventories with their sponsors, but others share it with a trusted therapist, minister, priest or another clergy person. Who you tell isn’t as important as telling someone. There’s an old saying in recovery that “you’re only as sick as your secrets.” By telling someone else your personality defects, you’re taking the power away from them.
- Step 6 — Step 6 focuses on becoming completely ready for God to remove your defects of character. This step seems easy, but it actually takes time to do. Most people want God to wave his mighty hand and remove all shortcomings NOW, but that never works. In reality, to have shortcomings removed often means facing them, doing things we don’t want to do and working hard to act in ways congruent with our new way of living. It’s hard! Being “entirely” ready is the key to this step. You have to really want it.
- Step 7 — In Step 7, we ask God to remove the shortcomings we identify in step 6.
- Step 8 — This is the time to make a list of who you’ve wronged and gain the willingness to make amends to them whenever it makes sense to do so. It’s important to distinguish when it’s helpful rather than hurtful to open old wounds. This is where sharing some of your concerns with recovered addicts is helpful. They can help you decide on your final “amends” list.
- Step 9 — In this step, you privately make your amends or apologize to each person on your list when doing so won’t harm them or others. Note that it’s not about you, no matter how painful it is to say you’re sorry. It’s also not about forgiveness. A completed and healthy Step 9 doesn’t depend on every single person on your amends list saying “I forgive you.” The point is simply that you attempted the reconciliation. It’s up to God whether it’s accepted or not.
- Step 10 — This step reminds addicts to continue their Steps 4 through 9 daily. It’s important for addicts to take personal inventory frequently, promptly admit mistakes and say they’re sorry as soon as they realize they have made a mistake.
Steps 11 and 12 help you maintain your commitment to sobriety while you help others make theirs.
- Step 11 — This step reminds addicts to continue to deepen their conscious contact with God — as they understand him — by daily prayer and meditation. Methods that help addicts fulfill their Step 11 obligation are daily personal prayer, meditation and spiritual reading. Atheists and agnostics may choose to read short inspirational passages from the “Big Book” or other recovery resources.
- Step 12 — Lastly, in Step 12, addicts are given the charge to carry this mission of hope to others. Only fellow addicts can really relate to people who are in the middle of their disease and guide these people through the 12 Steps. To help yourself, you have to continually help others by sharing your story and sharing the power of recovery. To keep it, you must give it away.
How Can I Get the Most Out of My 12 Step Program?
As with any self-help program, what you put into your 12-step program is what you get out of it. The more time, effort and commitment you bring to your program, the better.
To get the most out of any 12-step program, you can:
- Attend meetings regularly — Many people often recommend “30 in 30” or thirty meetings in 30 days for newcomers. Most people with a strong recovery say that attending frequent meetings is what keeps them sober.
- Find someone with the level of recovery you seek, and ask them to sponsor you — Sponsorship is an important component of recovery, because you’ll have someone who understands what you’re going through. They’re also there to support you and give you judgement-free guidance throughout the recovery process.
- Do service — Any service, no matter how small, helps people in 12-step programs. You can chat with newcomers, make the coffee or volunteer for a larger position. No matter what it is, service back to the group typically helps people get more out of their program. If you want to start feeling good and improve self-esteem, do good and esteem-worthy things.
- Don’t forget to use all the tools of recovery — This includes meetings, sponsorship, abstinence, literature, writing and service. Write in a journal, help others in recovery and go to group meetings.
- Attend different types of recovery meetings — Some 12-step meetings are focused on step work. These so-called “Big Book” meetings focus on reading from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, and working on specific exercises around the 12 steps. Other meetings have speakers in recovery, or different formats. Attending a variety of meetings can help you get more from your 12-step program, and 12 Keys is happy to offer a variety of treatment and meeting types.
Can My Family and Friends Be a Part of the 12 Step Program?
Drug and alcohol addiction affects everyone in a family, so it’s important that your family is involved in your recovery. Open 12-step meetings welcome everyone, including family members, who want to learn more about what the recovery process is like. At 12 Keys, we believe family should be involved in the recovery process. We offer family therapy sessions to help you work on broken relationships, communicate more effectively or share honest thoughts about your addiction.
Your family may also want to look into Al-Anon. This program is for family and friends of addicts who want to learn the tools of recovery for themselves, so they can fully support their loved ones’ sobriety. Meetings are free and are held nationwide, as well as by phone and online.
How Do I Ensure My Growth From a 12 Step Program Continues After Rehab?
Once you leave rehab, it’s important to follow your program to the best of your ability. This includes following the aftercare plan created with your therapist at 12 Keys. As part of your plan, you may:
- Attend 12-step meetings for AA, NA, OA or other local fellowships.
- Find a local therapist experienced in working with people in recovery. You can ask for recommendations from local friends in program. You can also always contact 12 Keys with questions, because we want to see you succeed even after you leave our rehab center.
- Find a sponsor and work with your sponsor on your own personal program of recovery. Sponsors share their experience, strength and hope. They offer a supportive friend and a guide to the program.
- Surround yourself with supportive family and friends who honor your commitment to recovery and help you believe in yourself.
- Take care of yourself. Part of sober living involves taking care of yourself by eating right, exercising, getting plenty of rest and recreation, and treating your body with respect.
The 12 Keys Difference
If you’re ready to embrace a new, sober lifestyle — and free yourself from addiction and the pain it brings — it’s time to start your treatment at 12 Keys. You will experience non-cookie cutter, individualized treatment and see just how fun living a sober life can be. We will provide you an enjoyable environment in which to rebuild your life surrounded by compassionate, competent, loving professionals who know exactly what you’re going through.
When you call 12 Keys, your information remains confidential and private. We can help you begin your 12-step program of recovery. Call us 24/7 and start your recovery today.