There are a bunch of different recovery programs. Working a 12-Step based recovery program can help you reach long-term sobriety and prevent relapse. They connect you with an understanding and supportive community that can help unlock your potential. Spero Recovery uses the principles of The Twelve Steps to help you find your best self. Our program also gives you the necessary tools to thrive in your new sober life.
What Are 12-Step Programs?
The 12-Step model originated through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to help with treating alcohol addiction. Now, it is used to treat other substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health conditions.
These types of programs are based on the premise that peer support can help you achieve your sober goals. Having people to lean on can help keep you accountable and motivated to continue working on your recovery. The support also helps you feel like you aren’t alone; you can see that there are others struggling with addiction too.
Admitting that you have an addiction that you are powerless to is one of the first steps of a 12-Step Model. It allows you to come to terms with yourself and accept that you have a problem you can’t control and need help to resolve. This helps you work through these difficulties to find the underlying issue of your substance use and unlock your potential.
The Twelve Steps
The steps are as follows according to the AA Big Book:
- Admit that you can’t control your substance use and that it is negatively affecting your life.
- Relinquish your ability to become sober to a higher power. This higher power doesn’t necessarily mean a religious entity. It can be giving it to the peer support and community setting you are becoming a part of.
- Decide to commit to the change and lean on your higher power to help you.
- Perform an honest self-evaluation.
- Admit to the wrongdoings you have done to yourself and those around you.
- Open yourself to change the negatives about yourself to be better.
- Ask your higher power to help in this change.
- Account for those you hurt while under the influence.
- Work to make amends with these people unless it would further hurt either of you.
- Continue to self-evaluate to ensure you are holding yourself accountable.
- Use the skills you learn throughout your recovery to reach your goals and maintain your sobriety.
- Share the steps with others who are struggling with SUD as well.
How Can Working the Twelve Steps Unlock Your Potential?
Using the 12 steps can help you come to terms with your addiction and the negative effects it has on your life. The use of self-evaluation can help you understand your thought processes, reactions to situations, and the reason behind your substance use.
Understanding these aspects of yourself can help you change the negatives and falsities to be more positive. Changing these aspects can help you unlock your potential. You can use your new positive thought processes to improve your reactions and build your sober life into what you want and need.
Admitting the wrongdoings that you committed while under the influence and working to make amends can help in rebuilding those relationships. This increases your support system and your potential to reach your long-term sobriety goal. It also helps lift the negative emotions associated with these wrongdoings off your shoulders, so you can work to overcome the past.
Spero Recovery’s Use of the 12-Steps to Unlock Your Potential
We are a recovery program facility that is dedicated to providing effective and affordable care. Our use of grants and donations allows us to keep our costs below the national average. This makes us the perfect match for under and uninsured individuals.
The recovery programs are based on a 12-step model. We utilize peer support by bringing in alumni to run our experiential treatment sessions. This can include things like hiking, nature walks, cooking classes, woodworking, rock climbing, and sand volleyball. By using alumni, we connect you with someone that understands what you are going through.
You may feel more comfortable confiding in the alumni because they have a similar experience to you. It also gives the alumni the chance to connect with others on their recovery journey, give back to their community, and find a sense of purpose in their sober lifestyle.
Our utilization of meditation helps you perform self-evaluation. Self-evaluation helps you understand your responses to situations and the behaviors that may be underlying your substance use. It can also help you see any shortcomings that may be hindering your ability to thrive in your new sober lifestyle. Figuring out what can hurt your recovery helps you to correct that aspect of yourself and make your probability of reaching long-term sobriety more attainable.
Ending treatment and continuing to work on your recovery can seem daunting. It’s a whole new world that you have to figure out how to navigate without the help of the substance you depended on.12-step programs can help you come to terms with your addiction and prepare you for your new sober lifestyle. These programs can also help you discover who you are without substance use, which can unlock your potential to do anything. If you feel like you are struggling to understand your new lifestyle and work your recovery journey, reach out to Spero Recovery at (303) 351-7888 for more information today. We understand what you are going through and want to help you thrive in your sobriety.