Addiction Rehab Nationwide Twelve-step facilitation therapy is an active engagement strategy designed to increase the likelihood of a substance abuser becoming affiliated with and actively involved in 12-step self-help groups, thereby promoting abstinence. Three key ideas predominate: (1) acceptance, which includes the realization that drug addiction is a chronic, progressive disease over which one has no control, that life has become unmanageable because of drugs, that willpower alone is insufficient to overcome the problem, and that abstinence is the only alternative; (2) surrender, which involves giving oneself over to a higher power, accepting the fellowship and support structure of other recovering addicted individuals, and following the recovery activities laid out by the 12-step program; and (3) active involvement in 12-step meetings and related activities. While the efficacy of 12-step programs (and 12-step facilitation) in treating alcohol dependence has been established, the research on its usefulness for other forms of substance abuse is more preliminary, but the treatment appears promising for helping drug abusers sustain recovery.
Because Stopping “Cold Turkey” Is Dangerous — and Less Effective Long-Term.
If you or a loved one has an alcohol addiction, it’s critical to get medical supervision for the withdrawal process. Do NOT attempt it on your own. It’s not a matter of will power or “toughing it out”; there are real, physical dangers of going cold turkey.
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- Flu-like symptoms: fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, insomnia, and fatigue
- Psychological manifestations: delirium, hallucinations, disorientation, anxiety, and rapid mood swings
- Physical syndromes: heart palpitations, shakiness, tremors and seizures
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- Maintain Confidentiality: Your personal decision to tell people you’re here, is always respected.
- The early members of AA decided to distance themselves from any particular religious group. They wanted their program to be aimed at the alcoholic, and they believed that by making it non-denominational it would make it acceptable to a wider group of people.
The Twelve Steps
The wording of the 12 steps can vary slightly between different groups. The program will be just the same, but they will replace the mention of alcohol in step 1. Here are the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:
* Step 1- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. In order for people to escape their addiction they need to accept that they are defeated. If the individual still believes that they can control their drinking, it will be hard for them to achieve abstinence. Some people need to lose a lot before they are willing to admit defeat; sadly some will die before they reach this point.
* Step 2- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Once the individual has accepted that they are not able to beat their addiction alone they will likely feel helpless. This feeling of powerless can be overcome once they accept that there is a higher power that can help them defeat their addiction.
* Step 3- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Here is where people make the decision to use this ‘power greater than themselves’ to achieve their goal.
* Step 4- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. This is a similar process to how a business will take an inventory of their stock in order to judge their performance. It allows the individual to develop a clearer picture of who they are and what they need to change.
* Step 5- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. The first part of this step involves looking at any wrongdoings and trying to understand why they happened. The next step is to admit these wrongdoings openly because doing so provides a great sense of relief. So long as things remain hidden internally they will continue to bother the individual.
* Step 6- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The moral inventory brings to light different character defects. These will be the driving force behind any wrongdoings; for example, lust may have driven people to commit adultery. It is important at this step that the individual becomes ready and willing to have all these defects of character removed.
* Step 7- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. Here people will take action by actually asking their higher power to remove their character defects.
* Step 8- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. This step does not involve making any actual amends but just listing any harm done and developing awillingness to make amends to the people harmed. When making this list the individual need not concern themselves with how they will make such amends. The most important thing is that the list is honest and doesn’t intentionally omit anyone.
* Step 9- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. It is not usually possible to make amends to everyone harmed. If an attempt to make amends would actually harm others then it shouldn’t be made. If the individual doing this step just feels embarrassed about approaching people then this is not a justifiable reason to avoid making amends.
* Step 10- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. To err is human, and people will make mistakes again in the future – the 12 steps do not turn people into angels. The important thing is to keep track of behavior and admit any wrongdoings as soon after it happens as possible.
* Step 11- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. The individual now tries to live an ethical life that will promote good mental health. The individual can accomplish this by becoming more in tune with their higher power. This doesn’t have to involve an actual meditation practice or praying; it could also be done by reading 12 Step literature or taking long walks in nature.
* Step 12 –Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. The 12 steps are never really completed. It is about adapting a new way of living that will change the way people will interact with the world. Helping others to follow this path is an essential element of maintaining sobriety – people have to give it away if they want to keep it.
Belief in a Higher Power
One of the key ingredients of the 12 steps is belief in a higher power. This is often interpreted as meaning God, and this creates a block in some that don’t believe. There are atheists who do manage to follow the steps. This is because of the wording in step 3 – it states as we understood him. Some people will look upon the group as their higher power or they may view it as some type of inner guidance.
Talk about a spiritual awakening can also be a difficult idea for religious skeptics to handle. This term is associated with the paranormal. In the sense that it is used within the12 steps it does not have to mean anything mystical. .
The Benefits of Following the Twelve Steps
In the AA book they mention the benefits of following this program on pages 83-84. These include:
* Those people who complete the steps will have developed a new outlook on life
* They will no longer wish to change their past
* Fear of financial insecurity will disappear
* They will develop good intuition that allows them to deal with any situation
* It will lead to less selfishness
* They will develop a sense of serenity
* They will have the ability to help other people and will never again feel useless
* They will experience a level of freedom and happiness that they never had previously