12 Step Optional Therapy

12 Step Therapy

Each person’s recovery is a unique journey. Since no two people have the exact same recovery needs, it’s important for there to be a variety of rehabilitative resources available, ensuring that even the most particular needs and preferences can be met. At Coalition Recovery, we recognize that many patients have spiritual or religious beliefs. Moreover, many of these religious and spiritual patients hope to reconnect with their beliefs over the course of their recoveries. For this reason, we offer twelve-step optionional treatment for substance abuse and addiction.

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

When it comes to recovery resources, there’s been one that’s almost been synonymous with recovery, and that’s Alcoholics Anonymous. Founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group for individuals with substance abuse problems. At the time, most of the support groups — including the well-known Oxford Group — were religious and exclusive rather than inclusive. Further, these religious support groups emphasized the concept that substance abuse equated to sin and the journey of recovery was about resisting the urge to sin and trying not to succumb to sin.
However, Wilson conceived of an alternative route to recovery.
Rather than being religious, Wilson saw Alcoholics Anonymous as instead being spiritual, making the support group much more inclusive and versatile than the philosophies of the Oxford Group; while the Oxford Group was strongly Christian, Wilson’s Alcoholics Anonymous welcomed individuals of all denominations who could follow the philosophies of the program by incorporating their own spiritual or religious beliefs. To an extent, Wilson’s spiritual emphasis for Alcoholics Anonymous allows the program to be a template for individuals from all walks of life.

Over time, the spiritual focus of Alcoholics Anonymous became one of its most characteristics features; however, the most renowned thing to come out of Alcoholics Anonymous is surely the Twelve Steps. In essence, Wilson devised the Twelve Steps to be a sort of roadmap or blueprint for recovery. Of course, we associate recovery today with counseling and psychotherapy, but Wilson’s Twelve Steps conceived of recovery as being as much about spiritual recovery and achieving a spiritual awakening as it was about becoming sober and abstinent.

With the Twelve Steps, the idea was for individuals to begin with the first and work their way through each successive step in numerical order. By completing, or “working,” the steps, individuals were able to progress from a state of being chemically dependent to being chemically independent, all while utilizing their own belief systems as motivation and fuel for their recovery goals. For instance, the first of the Twelve Steps involved admitting and accepting one’s powerlessness to alcohol and, thereafter, submitting oneself to the higher power of one’s understanding. As well, an individual was to take an inventory of character defects, admit those defects, and appeal to one’s higher power to overcome those defects. In subsequent steps, an individual makes an actual physical list of the people that he or she harmed — whether physical or emotional — over the course of addiction and takes every chance to make amends to those people in an effort to restore balance to those relationships.

By the time an individual completes the Twelve Steps, he or she has become acutely aware of the character defects that are at the root of his or her addiction. Moreover, the individuals have done whatever was possible to make up for the wrongs committed against others and achieved a spiritual awakening. Finally, the steps guide the individual essentially become a herald for the Twelve Steps by becoming a mentor to newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous; in effect, being a recovery resource to others serves to reinforce one’s own recovery.

Twelve-Step Addiction Treatment

Being that there are so many types of addiction treatment, it seems only natural that there would be a programs that was based on the Twelve Steps. Called twelve step-based treatment, this type of program has the Twelve Steps and philosophies of Alcoholics Anonymous as the foundation of the program, meaning that spirituality and working the steps are an essential, integral part of the recovery process. Of course, there are still the other key components of rehabilitation, including psychotherapy and process groups, but the twelve-step method maintains a substantial presence throughout.

Benefits of Twelve Step-Based Addiction Treatment

There are several reasons why twelve step-based treatment and twelve-step optional treatment has become so popular. For one thing, the spiritual components of recovery — often overlooked by proponents of the clinical side of addiction rehabilitation — are important to a lot of people. Over the course of addiction, many individuals lose touch with their senses of faith and beliefs, causing them to retreat even deeper into the recesses of active addiction; as such, many individuals have realized that twelve step-based treatment gives them a way to regain a sense of meaning, purpose, and/or fulfillment in life as they overcome their substance abuse problems.

It’s also important to realize that twelve-step optional treatment merely gives individuals the option to incorporate the twelve-step method into the recovery process. Although some consider twelve step-based therapies to be more comprehensive than standard clinical therapies, not every individual is spiritual or religious, meaning that twelve-step optional treatment is not the ideal recovery solution for everyone. However, any individuals for whom their spirituality or religious beliefs are or were previously important to them have a lot to gain from the inclusion of the twelve-step method into a clinical addiction treatment program.

Twelve-Step Optional in Tampa

No matter if you’re religious or merely spiritual, our twelve-step optional program is available to offer comfort, reassurance, and an additional level of motivation as our patients proceed in the journey of recovery. If you’d like to learn more about our twelve-step optional program, or for more information about the other resources we offer, call Coalition Recovery today. With just a phone call, you or your loved one can take the first steps toward a life of health, happiness, and fulfillment.

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