Steps to Recovery

When it comes to entering a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, there needs to be swift actions taken to address the issue of substance abuse. American Treatment Network is a recovery treatment clinic with locations in Havertown, Pennsylvania and Newark, Delaware. There are some clinics that embrace the AA’s 12 steps as a proven approach to continued and efficient recovery. There are other addiction treatments such as behavioral cognitive therapies, psychiatric care, and medically assisted treatments when clinically appropriate. 

One extremely popular approach to recovery is through Alcoholics Anonymous. This program was created in 1935. The 12 Steps are a program of redemptive change to aid individuals suffering from alcoholism and addiction to have long term, contented success.  

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are as follows: 

  1. We admit we were powerless over alcohol—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’re 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 understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.
  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.

The 12 Step approach emphasizes reliance on a spiritual foundation, but many practitioners give individuals the freedom to choose their own idea of a “higher power.” This is to allow the patients to choose to forgive themselves of religious resentments or prejudices towards spiritual engagements. 

There are many things that may be instrumental in the patient’s community of recovery. The first three steps allow practitioners to explore themes of acceptance, powerlessness and surrendering. This is where they are invited to reflect on what a higher power means to them and to learn about the defense mechanisms that have kept them in addictive cycles. During sponsorship programs, individuals can become familiar with the sponsor relationships and are taught about making connections with others. 

Sober support is a rehabilitation treatment allowing thousands of patients to find support wherever they go. The definition of support is different for each individual. There are many helpful and wonderful groups that can allow individuals to embrace steps that it takes to take back their lives into their own hands. 

Alcohol Abuse Recovery at American Treatment Network

At American Treatment Center, patients are provided with efficient and effective recovery tools and support to allow them to take charge of their lives and move in the right direction. American Treatment Network’s philosophy is customized integrated health care for our patient’s physical and behavioral needs in one central location and provides the follow-up support necessary to conquer or defeat opioid and alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one are concerned with alcohol use dependency, contact American Treatment Network today. 


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