As you learn more about substance use disorder during treatment, you will become familiar with the 12 steps, and 12 step philosophy. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are rooted in the idea of practicing a set of principals that can help change and improve your quality of life.
While we don’t stress any particular belief in religion, we do encourage spirituality as an outlet for stress relief and comfort, and we always ask that everyone respect the individual beliefs of every person in treatment here at Enlightened Solutions. Above all, we share a common goal of changing our lives for the better, holistically.
What Do the 12 Steps Do for Us in Recovery?
When we talk about the 12 steps during treatment, we use them as guidelines for being well-rounded, present, and respectful toward all those we come into contact with, in our treatment program and beyond. These steps build on each other as we share our teachings and life skills for future use. It’s important to take the time to visualize the benefits of each step in the 12 steps and to recognize when we are ready to advance to the next level. We have created a network of resources for each client to draw from in every aspect of their recovery, and long after their treatment is completed.
The 12 Steps Help Us To:
- Recognize there is an issue we need to address
- Understand that we need help when things get out of hand
- Instill the belief in ourselves that we can overcome substance use disorder
- Remain mindful of our spiritual needs and take comfort in a higher power, whatever that may be
- Realize we have autonomy and can move toward happiness, joy, and fulfillment each day with each practice
- Take stock of everything we’ve done in our life, both good and bad, to realize who we are and how to be better in the future
- Discern right from wrong and to be mindful of how far we’ve come or need to go
- Realize we have our own power and are supported by others who share in the recovery process
- Realize that we can change
- Develop the strength to admit our faults
- Understand the strength in getting to know ourselves intimately and how mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude can help us achieve wellness and recovery
- Trust ourselves to keep the promises we have made to ourselves, friends, and family