12-step programs offer built-in structure and accountability that have been proven time over time. It is another layer of support among a group of peers that pairs well with traditional therapies from licensed clinicians. 12-step programs are advantageous for those suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders or co-occurring disorders. An integrated approach to addiction treatment is what the experience at Palo Verde wellness is built around.
Many treatments and programs can be specialized to meet our patients’ needs. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse and are looking for guidance on what kind of addiction treatment program is the right one, we are happy to help and answer any questions you might have. Call us today at 760.209.6683.
What Is the 12-Step Approach?
Started by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and now universally accepted as the penultimate guide to structuring alcohol addiction and recovery, the 12-Step approach is used to treat addictions to a variety of substances. The approach is built around a strong peer support model. It’s about shared experiences and being able to help each other through them. The approach can help identify additional coping skills if the ones you are using aren’t working for you; it can provide a level of support you may not be able to receive from caring family and professional therapists; it can provide a helpful way to transition from treatment back into your day to day life, and it can provide a lifelong recovery resource that carries you through to lifelong recovery.
The 12 steps of AA are as follows.
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
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.
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.
This self-service kind of approach with manageable steps makes it easy for those struggling to follow a plan and feel they have control over the outcome. The idea of a higher power is an integral part of the approach, but it is non-denominational and can apply to any God or guiding force.
12-Step Rehab Program in Palm Springs
Being able to go through treatment and recovery in a beautiful part of the country, like Palm Springs, is a gift. Couple that with guidance from a team of clinicians who have battled addiction and are in recovery themselves, and you have a recipe for success.
A 12-step program does require commitment, and guidance, which is why it’s offered as a complement to traditional therapies at Palo Verde Wellness.
The benefits of a 12-step program are many and include:
- Being able to work on additional coping skills
- A safe and judgment-free environment
- A strong sober network
- Built-in structure and accountability
- An opportunity to be a mentor and be mentored
Palo Verde Wellness Offers Effective Addiction Treatment Programs
The entire treatment and recovery process are understandably overwhelming to most people. Knowing that you can call on experts who understand what you are going through can be a great resource as you make important and life-changing decisions about the future of your health and well-being. Finding the right treatment facility and program that will work best for you is critical. Palo Verde Wellness offers a 12-step rehab program as well as a variety of other therapeutic modalities, including:
- Experiential therapy
- Meditative therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment
- Relapse prevention therapy
- Aftercare program