12 Step Facilitation Therapy
The Power of Community
Addiction Is Not a Choice
What Is 12 Step Facilitation Therapy?
Twelve-step facilitation therapy is a form of treatment that strives to encourage active participation and involvement in 12 step support groups. It is an involvement strategy intended to boost the likeliness of association with 12 step self-help gatherings, consequently promoting sobriety.
What Are the Principles Behind the 12 Steps?
Three core principles dominate 12 step facilitation therapy:
- Acceptance – the understanding that drug addiction is a chronic, developing disease over which one does not have control, that life has become unable to manage because of substance use, that willpower alone is not enough to conquer the problem, and that abstinence is the only choice
- Surrender – giving oneself to a higher power, accepting the companionship and support structure of other recovering addicted individuals, and partaking in the recovery activities in the 12 step program
- Active involvement – participating, joining, and sharing in 12 step meetings and affiliated activities
What Are the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous?
The twelve steps are guiding fundamentals in addiction treatment that overview how to manage alcohol and drug addiction, cravings, and compulsions.
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
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.
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.
Where Did the 12 Steps Come From?
The 12 steps were written in 1938 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. They originally appeared in “The Big Book,” also known as the “bible” for Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps functioned as principles for spiritual and character improvement. They still do to this day and have become the foundation of addiction treatment.
What Is the Point of the 12 Steps?
Twelve-step programs deliver readily available, easily accessible, no-cost resources for individuals suffering from addiction. The point is to change your perspective, to see your addiction as a symptom of a condition. Sobriety is maintained by utilizing the 12 step philosophy and sharing experiences with other individuals who have suffered through similar things.
How Do the 12 Steps Work?
Researchers have explored the contributing factors that increase abstinence and improved cognitive function behind 12 step facilitation therapy. A significant, effective element is the fellowship connected with the 12 step groups. Becoming a member of such groups prompts a shift in an individual’s social network, lowering the number of people who encourage drinking or drug use to a growing network of those who support sobriety. This progressive shift in social networks is associated with decreased exposure to drinking and substance-related activities and situations that influence cravings. It aids in creating social abstinence, self-value, and rewarding personal relationships. The groups’ encouraging connection with members in the fellowship provides structure and a sense of goal orientation, role models for working toward sobriety, participation in activities that are naturally rewarding that can replace substance use or substance-related activities, and the development of coping management.
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