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All of the treatment programs here at Arbor Behavioral Healthcare center around the 12-Step Approach to addiction recovery. 12-Step Recovery has been proven successful for more than 80 years. The 12-Step approach began in the 1930s with Alcoholics Anonymous. Over the years, this approach has proven successful for many different addictive behaviors. So much so the steps are often referred to as the “12 steps to freedom” from addiction.

The core premise of 12-Step Recovery is that addiction is a progressive disease that must be acknowledged. Acceptance allows the person to educate themselves and begin the process of healing. An admission that the disease and behaviors that flow from the addiction have made your life unmanageable is the first step.

Participation in the 12-Step Recovery process includes:

  • Recognition that a “higher power” gives you strength
  • Studying your past wrongs and taking responsibility for them
  • Making amends for past wrong where possible
  • Learning to ask for help when needed
  • Development and learning to live with a new code of behavior
  • Contribution to the greater community by helping others who suffer from addictions

The “higher power” step is a sticking point for many people because it sounds religious and they may not practice any religion. However, there is no requirement that a “higher power” be a religious entity. There are many non-religious ways to interpret the concept, such as the power of the collective group. The important thing to remember here is that the 12-Step Recovery process works; it is possible to commit yourself to this belief process without a religious focus.

All of our drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs require 12-Step participation

The 12-steps are not just words; it is a process that recovering addicts must live and practice every day. Each step in the process brings a new understanding to the individual as well as a renewal of faith and inner strength. Those who have been successful in recovery understand how powerful it is to receive support from those who have recovered before them. Participation in a 12-step program provides the support of non-judging peers and offers the mentorship of those who have been through the recovery process. Remember, every person in the group is there for the same reason: to stay accountable; to share experience, strength, and hope; and to fellowship around recovery and sobriety.There are a number of groups based on the 12-Step philosophy, including this partial list:

Programs for those affected by a loved one’s addiction include