Drugs and alcohol are physically addictive and cause changes to your brain chemistry, judgment, and cognition. When you use drugs and alcohol, your brain releases a rush of pleasurable neurotransmitters that create intense feelings of euphoria. Continuing to use and abuse drugs and alcohol can lead to addiction, which requires treatment. Inpatient programs, outpatient treatment, and 12 step support groups can help you find recovery from the depths of addiction.
12 step treatment centers implement the 12 steps of AA and NA to help guide you throughout the recovery process. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers can offer:
- 12 step facilitation therapy
- Cognitive and dialectic behavioral therapy
- Medically supervised detox services
- Holistic treatments
- Discharge and aftercare planning
- Relapse prevention education and planning
A 12 step therapy program at an inpatient treatment center can also provide on-site access to AA and NA meetings, making it easy to network with others who are in recovery. When you immediately stop using drugs and alcohol, you can experience painful withdrawal symptoms that a detox center can alleviate. Following detox, you will learn about how to combat cravings and triggers to avoid relapsing. Substance abuse treatment also offers individual and family counseling, group therapy, and medication management.
12 Step Support Groups
Twelve step support groups are a popular and effective tool for addiction recovery. The 12-step format helps people to quit their addictions and to maintain sobriety while being surrounded by mentors and friends in the process. Many 12 step support groups are conducted on a drop-in basis, so you can come when you need to. You’ll find 12 step support groups run by programs like Alcoholics Anonymous across the country and even around the world, meaning that you can have a steady support system no matter where you travel.
In summary, the 12 Steps are:
- Admitting powerlessness over the addiction
- Believing in a power greater than yourself that can promote healing (which does not have to be religious if you don’t want it to be; a “greater power” can be the power of the group or of the universe)
- Placing yourself in the hands of that greater power
- Taking a thorough moral inventory of yourself
- Admitting your wrongdoing to the greater power, to yourself, and to another person
- Acknowledging readiness to heal
The next 6 steps are:
- Asking your greater power for the strength to resolve your shortcomings
- Making a list of people who were harmed by your addiction and being willing to make amends to each one
- Making amends to those who were harmed by your addiction, except when doing so would inflict harm upon them, yourself, or others
- Continuing to take a thorough moral inventory and quickly admitting to wrongdoing
- Connecting with the greater power for the strength of character and will
- Passing the message of hope to other people struggling with addiction
Programs that follow the 12-step format are available for people struggling with addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, food, and nicotine. Additionally, programs are available that cater to the loved ones of addicts who often benefit from the supportive environment that a 12 step support group provides.
Finding Help Today
When you battle a substance abuse problem, alcoholism, or addiction, you can feel isolated, alone, and hopeless. Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, making early treatment the best way to begin recovery. Inpatient and outpatient programs, along with 12 step support groups, can provide you with the guidance, understanding, and encouragement you need to find recovery.
Finding treatment doesn’t have to be hard. Contact us today at 844 875 5609 to find out more about our 12 step support groups and your treatment options.