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Ohio 12 Step Based Addiction Treatment at OARC

The 12-Step program of recovery, originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, has been considered an effective model for recovery and sustained abstinence for decades. Millions of people around the globe attribute the 12 steps to their success and regularly attend 12-step fellowship meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and others. There are dozens of fellowships for individuals struggling with a variety of addictions, from shopping to gambling or even over-eating.

At OARC, we incorporate 12-step principles in our treatment model. However, we understand that 12-step fellowships may not be right for everyone. We help our clients identify aspects that apply to them and any possible alternative support networks. Learn more about 12-step based treatment below and how it is applied at OARC.

What is 12 Step Based Addiction Therapy in Ohio?

12-Step based addiction treatment programs are based around the teachings of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book states that individuals become powerless over their addiction, and therefore must develop a new source of power – a “higher power.” A higher power doesn’t necessarily mean “God” in the religious sense. It can simply be something greater than themselves, such as a higher calling, a higher purpose, or something else. Members are encouraged to develop their own conception of a higher power, and the 12 steps claim to be a universal spiritual program, not a religious or denominational program.

Aside from the proven benefits of peer support and sober support networks for those in early recovery, the 12 steps also incorporate various therapeutic suggestions, such as personal inventory of resentments and fears, meditation, restitution for damage done while in active addiction, and sharing their story to help others seeking recovery. These activities not only help build a solid foundation for sustained recovery, but also help develop coping skills, self esteem, and self reflection.

At OARC, though we are not strictly a 12-step treatment program, we utilize 12-step principles and derivatives as part of our addiction treatment philosophy. We also assist with 12-step integration for clients who do want to participate in a 12-step fellowship. With weekly meetings and guest speakers from various fellowships, our clients can begin to determine if 12-step fellowships could be right for them and how to get involved outside of our care.

To learn more about our 12 step-based model, call us today at 800-481-8457 to learn more. We are always standing by, ready to help you in any way that we can.

What Are The 12 Steps?

The 12 Steps were developed by Bill Wilson and a group of other self-proclaimed alcoholics in 1939, appearing in the book “Alcoholics Anonymous.” The book claims 100 people successfully recovered by following 12 suggestions:

  1. We admitted 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. Were 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.

Today, “alcohol” is often replaced with whatever substance or addiction the individual is struggling with. Though the ideas behind the 12 steps have religious roots in an Evangelical fellowship called the Oxford Group, 12 step fellowships are not religious and encourage members to replace “God” with any conception of a higher power that makes sense to them.

12 step groups meet regularly with varying formats, such as topic discussions, speaker meetings, step studies, book studies, and more. Meetings can be found all over Ohio and, in Columbus, there are over 900 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every week!

Benefits of 12-Step Addiction Treatment

There are several important reasons why 12-Step based addiction treatment programs work. Some of the most important include:

  1. Individuals can attend meetings where they can listen to the stories of others and relate their own experiences. Many often find a sense of safety and belonging in a group made up of peers who often share the same struggles.
  2. 12-Step groups also help individuals develop a support network of like minded sober peers.
  3. The spiritual practices within the 12 steps often help individuals develop a new attitude and outlook on life
  4. The spiritual practices in the 12 steps also act as coping skills for various life events or difficulties that can trigger a relapse
  5. Sharing your story with others strengthens one’s identity with recovery, often in a more positive and productive light

Start a New Chapter in Your Life: Contact Ohio Addiction Recovery Center Today!

The staff and volunteers at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center have established a supportive foundation of recovery that is deeply rooted in 12-Step philosophy. By embracing this philosophy in all the treatment services we provide, it encourages tremendous personal and spiritual growth for all our clients to pursue a new life in recovery. We custom design a treatment plan around each client’s specific needs. We understand that treatment and recovery is not “one size fits all.” By integrating this understanding, we have built a successful and welcoming environment for both men and women of all backgrounds.

Call our toll-free line 800-481-845 today and make your desire for recovery a reality. You will be connected with an addiction specialist who is ready to help you through this difficult time in any way that they can. Calls are always free of charge and completely confidential. Whether you are just in need of some advice, want to know more about our rehab center, or would like to know more about the 12 Step approach to substance abuse treatment; we can help.

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