A 12 Step treatment program is a set of guiding principles that outlines a course of action to be taken during the recovery process. This program was originally designed by the group Alcoholics Anonymous to help people recover from Alcoholism, however today it is adapted and used by many Treatment Facilities to help people with various addictions, compulsion problems, or other behavioral problems.
The American Psychological Association summarizes the 12 Step Process as:
- admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion;
- recognizing a higher power that can give strength;
- examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (an experienced member);
- making amends for these errors;
- learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior;
- helping others who suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.
The 12 Step Treatment Program has been able to help thousands of men and women of all ages to overcome their addictions, develop healthy behaviors and help them in maintaining life long sobriety.