12-Step facilitation therapy
Two-thirds of American treatment centers use the 12-step philosophy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.

This model works well for many people seeking a connection to other sober people in their community and providing long-term recovery tools. However, 12-Step Facilitation Therapy works best as part of a comprehensive addiction therapy program. This program combines evidence-based therapies with holistic treatment methods.

What is 12-Step facilitation therapy?

12-step facilitation therapy follows the basic tenets of 12-step programs created by Alcoholics Anonymous. Also, this therapy takes place along with behavioral therapies as one method in a mix of quality treatment approaches at a licensed and accredited rehab facility. A 12-step facilitation therapy program in Jacksonville, Florida, occurs alongside dual diagnosis therapies and other treatment methods, such as:

12-Step Facilitation Therapy complements these other programs to form well-rounded treatment and your best chance of lasting recovery. Because the 12 Steps build support for your sobriety in your home community, you surround yourself with people who understand your journey, applaud successes, counsel struggles, and help you stay on track. Of course, this group support comes from your own surrender to a higher power, whichever higher power you choose.

Recovering with a 12-step program

12-Step facilitation therapy also provides a clear road map to lasting sobriety. You follow these steps throughout your treatment, in aftercare, and during your independent recovery at home. When you struggle with your sobriety or face relapse, the 12 Steps help you regain solid footing in wellness.

The Journal Addiction Research and Theory studied abstinence practices to determine the best approaches for lasting recovery. In addition, this study found that 12-Step Programs added to traditional treatment programs supplement the potential for lifelong recovery.

Our 12-Step Facilitation Therapy Program in Jacksonville, Florida, helps you in many ways. These include allowing you to see and admit your own addiction, surrendering to your higher power, building awareness of your addictive behaviors, and increasing your self-restraint. You also gain a chance to practice your restraint while building self-esteem, achieving self-acceptance, and realizing your ability to change your behaviors. Also, at the same time, you begin to feel compassion for others affected by addiction while acquiring tools for your lifelong journey through recovery. The 12 Steps work in tandem with evidence-based therapies and holistic addiction therapy to provide truly comprehensive treatment.

What are the 12 steps?
For many, the 12 steps play a key role in their recovery journey

In addition, these universal steps make self-support and community support seamless, wherever you live or choose to live in the future.

The 12-steps include:

1. Admit powerlessness over your addiction
2. Believe in a higher power that can restore your sanity
3. Turn control over to your higher power
4. Take a personal inventory
5. Admit your wrongs to your higher power, yourself, and the people you wronged
6. Be ready for the higher power to correct your character shortcomings
7. Ask the higher power to remove your shortcomings
8. Make a list of wrongs done to others and be willing to make amends
9. Contact people you hurt, unless doing this would harm them
10. Continue taking your personal inventory and admitting your wrongs
11. Seek enlightenment and connection with your higher power
12. Carry the 12-step message forward to others in need

It’s okay to have questions about these critical steps. We encourage each person in our treatment program to bring any comments, questions, or concerns to our attention. We want to ensure that you have the answers you need to move into the future with confidence.

Can you complete the 12 steps without being religious?
We accept that each person’s understanding of a Higher Power is different and deeply personal

One of the most common reasons people are uncomfortable with the thought of the 12-step program is that they believe that they must be religious to complete the program. While it’s true that the founders of the program were Christians, the 12-step program in and of itself is not religious. In fact, you don’t have to have any religious beliefs to benefit from the program. Instead, the principles that appear in this program are spiritual and focus on overarching concepts, such as humility, honesty, repentance, and faith.

We accept that each person’s understanding of a Higher Power is different and deeply personal. Some clients in our treatment programs do believe in the Christian God, while others believe in science, karma, humanity, or other powers that are greater than themselves. Many members of our treatment programs are agnostic or atheist. It isn’t necessary to believe in God to benefit from our treatment programs. We won’t ask you what your Higher Power is, request that you pray to a specific deity, or make you do anything that you aren’t comfortable saying or doing. The only thing we require of our clients is that you put in the work to stop drinking or using drugs.

Furthermore, our 12-step Therapy Programs are open to everyone suffering from an addiction. No matter your race, age, sexuality, or gender, there is an option for you. In these groups, you’re able to work through your condition with other people struggling with the same issues that you are. This can be extremely heartening for those who have suffered from an addiction for a period of months or years.

Types of 12-step recovery programs

Originally, the creators designed the 12-Step Recovery Program to help those suffering from Alcohol Addiction. They called this treatment option Alcoholics Anonymous or AA. Today, there are AA meetings nationwide available at nearly any time of day. In addition, there is a range of options for nearly every type of substance abuse condition imaginable, including:

Narcotics anonymous
Cocaine anonymous
Gamblers anonymous
Heroin anonymous
Marijuana anonymous

For those who have family members who are battling an addiction, they can attend Al-Anon/Alateen. This program is a recovery program for friends and family members of alcoholics. This support system is invaluable for family members to begin the process of healing.

Benefits of a 12-step program
12-Step Programs provide a built-in community and a structured environment, both of which are essential to the recovery process

Many of our clients ask about the benefits of this treatment option. The initial benefit of this program is that thousands of people have tested this practice over a period of nearly a hundred years. Since its introduction in the 1930s, experts have determined that its actions and principles are effective. It provides the tools each person needs to stay committed to recovery outside of treatment.

In addition, 12-Step Programs provide a built-in community and a structured environment, both of which are essential to the recovery process. Experts now recognize that addiction is a chronic mental health condition. It doesn’t go away just because a person gets the treatment they need to remove the drug from your system. Fortunately, the 12 Steps can help people navigate their challenges during and after treatment. For instance, it can help some people deal with isolation or boredom. Additionally, participants have a support network they can turn to when times get tough. For instance, everyone in the 12-step program gets a sponsor. This sponsor can mentor participants through life’s challenges.

Another benefit of 12-Step Programs is that they’re available nationwide. Therefore, if you attend treatment in Jacksonville, Florida, and move to Portland, OR, you have a good chance of finding a 12-step program that can help you stay sober in your new home.

Finding a 12-step treatment facility

It isn’t difficult to find a 12-step treatment facility in Jacksonville. One of the best ways to find treatment is to reach out to Lakeview Health. We are experts in providing guidance through the 12-steps and support as you recover from your addiction. For more information about our treatment options, please reach out to Lakeview Health today at 904 531 3505.

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