There’s a real sense of excitement when clients walk out of drug and alcohol rehab with their recovery diploma in hand. Indeed, they have every reason to be proud of themselves. With that said, it’s also essential for exiting clients to remember they are new to the concept of recovery. In the coming days and months, they will meet challenges in the form of temptation and their personal triggers. To avoid the possibility of relapsing, it would be prudent for someone new to recovery to become a member of a 12 Step Program.
Information About 12 Step Programs
The first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous occurred in 1935. The program came to life as Bill Wilson met with another struggling alcoholic to commensurate about their struggles with alcohol abuse. In the 84 years since that chance meeting, dozens of other 12 Step programs have come to life. They all exist as a support resource for millions of people who suffer from some type of addiction. FYI: Narcotics Anonymous celebrates 1953 as its birth year.
The only requirement for membership to AA or NA is a desire to stop abusing substances. Each organization offers a variety of meeting types in meeting rooms all over the world. Aside from maintaining sobriety, these organizations request that each member eventually work the 12 steps of recovery. These 12 steps serve as the core charter for every 12 step organization. By the way, there is also no specific religious connection to 12 step organizations. The only spiritual thing these programs ask of members is to submit to a “higher power of their own understanding.”
The 12 steps focus on three aspects of recovery. First, members need to take responsibility for their actions. That includes admitting there’s a problem and asking for help.
The second aspect relates to making amends to people who the addiction sufferer may have harmed while in the throes of addiction. In order to make amends, the member has to take inventory of their actions and identify those they hurt. After creating a list of those they harmed, they need to make amends except when to do so would cause more harm.
The last aspect revolves around living a spiritual existence that includes looking out for fellow members.
12 Step Programs as a Support Resource
What Bill Wilson learned 84 years ago is there’s great value in one addiction sufferer helping another. That’s the primary reason any 12 step meeting exists. It’s a place for people with a common goal, getting and staying sober, to come together in unity.
As each member embraces the 12 steps, they begin to accumulate time in sobriety. That time eventually serves as a great source of pride for each member who remembers the pain of addiction. During those desperate times, most of them could not fathom living life without drugs or alcohol. The achievement of staying clean for months and years is nothing short of miraculous. With that said, each member knows they owe recognition to their fellow members who are always there when times get tough. Our 12 Step Program in New Hampshire stands as a reminder of what’s possible within a 12 Step program.
Other Services We Offer at Green Mountain Treatment
The philosophy of our 12 Step program in New Hampshire is rooted in the way we deliver addiction treatment services. At the core of what we do is the belief that each individual deserves special care. We have created a long line of success stories from this very approach to treatment. Here’s a peek at what we offer: