UsingA StepProgramforRecovery

Abusing drugs or alcohol alters the way that you think about your life, health and even your future. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that drugs impact the way that your brain communicates and change the way your brain and body react to different chemical signals. Long-term substance abuse and addiction alter your brain and complicate the recovery process. In some cases, seeking assistance from a 12-Step program that provides spiritual guidance allows individuals to find the right tools to avoid drugs or alcohol.

What is a 12-Step Program?

A 12-Step program refers to the traditional approach used by "Alcoholics Anonymous" to initiate the recovery process. Its focal point is recognizing one's own weakness and the importance of seeking help from a higher power. Psych Central reports that a 12-Step program is actually a guideline that helps you change your entire lifestyle, not just avoid drugs or alcohol. It recognizes the challenges associated with substance abuse and strives to help you focus on long-term goals by asking for assistance.

depressed man struggling with addiction

A 12-Step program provides the social support you need to move forward with a healthy lifestyle when difficulties arise, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Furthermore, the program allows you to seek spiritual guidance and ask for help from a higher power.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the program follows three basic principles: accepting your substance abuse, surrendering to a higher power and staying involved in the program for an extended time.

Working Together for Long-Term Recovery

A key factor that sets 12-Step programs apart is the focus on peer support and seeking assistance from a higher power. The entire group strives to make positive changes and help others make the same changes while accepting the difficulties that arise during recovery. Using drugs or alcohol changes your body and brain, so difficult situations might result in temptations or physical cravings for the substance. Our program at Recovery Boot Camp is wholly focused on using the 12-Step Program as the basis for recovery.

During a 12-Step program, you learn from the experiences of others in a similar situation and find out the ways they avoid the substance when challenging situations arise. You also recognize the importance of asking for help when problems occur and the power of spiritual faith. By putting faith in a higher power, you gain the opportunity to ask for help at any time.

The National Institutes on Health explain that you gain a spiritual awakening during the 12-Step program, and you focus on asking a higher power for help and strength throughout the program. You also admit your mistakes to others and work as a team to find the right solutions for long-term recovery goals.

Obtaining Lasting Results

Recovering from addiction takes time and effort. Asking for help from peers and surrendering to a higher power provides the opportunity to accept your mistakes and start making positive changes.

Young man sad and upset.

A key reason for long-term success in a 12-Step program is the focus on long-term activities and maintenance. You continue attending meetings and staying actively engaged in activities until you feel comfortable moving forward and avoiding drugs or alcohol. It allows you to obtain long-term goals and maintain your drug-free lifestyle by actively assisting with your goals.

Substance abuse changes your behavior and your lifestyle. It alters the way you perceive the world, but it does not necessarily mean that you must give up. As 12-step program provides the tools you need to keep moving forward, even when challenges arise. It allows you to admit your faults without facing judgement and it allows you to acknowledge and follow your spiritual beliefs.

Sources:

  1. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drugs-brain
  2. http://psychcentral.com/lib/recovery-using-the-12-steps/?all=1
  3. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/seeking-drug-abuse-treatment/5-how-do-12-step-or-similar-recovery-programs-fit-drug-addiction-treatment
  4. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-4
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64351/

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