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What Are 12-Step Groups?

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There are different treatment options for different scenarios. For those of us struggling with an addiction, there are 12-Step groups that can be beneficial. These groups help us along our journey to sobriety and recovery. They have helped many people with addiction. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), help us take control of our addictions. Read more to find out what AA and NA are all about.  

What are the 12 steps?


  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/our addiction — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics/addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


How can I benefit from 12-Step groups?

If you have an addiction and are ready to take the next steps to move toward recovery, these groups might be for you. Ask yourself, “am I an addict?” Answer honestly. That is the only way to get the help you need. If you answer “yes” you might be able to benefit from 12-Step groups.   

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you find the program that’s right for you. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We offer many programs that can be beneficial to you if you have an addiction or co-occurring mental illness. Call now. You won’t be disappointed.