A 12 step program provides a structured plan and guiding set of principles to use during your recovery. You might associate this form of treatment with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), where it got its start. Today’s 12 step program in Colorado works based on your needs.
The History of the 12-Step Program
Bill W. (Wilson), introduced the concept of the 12 steps in his 1939 book, Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. Bill wrote the book after three and a half years of sobriety.
The book chronicles a step-by-step process to sobriety based on finding a power greater than one’s self. A 12 step program may work with an adapted version of Bill W.’s initial concepts.
What are the 12 Steps?
Although the wording may change, the core of the 12 steps is very similar in all aspects. It is merely a list of steps to take toward recovery. For example:
- Admit you are powerless in the face of your addiction
- Believe in a power greater than yourself
- Decide to turn it over to a higher power
- Take a moral inventory
- Admit the nature of your wrongs to yourself, your God and another person
- Be ready to have your higher power remove your defects of character
- Ask your higher power to remove your shortcomings
- Make a list of people you have wronged and make amends
- Make direct amend to them wherever possible
- Continue your personal inventory
- Seek through prayer or meditation contact with your higher power
- Have a spiritual awakening
That’s just one version of the steps. The steps are guiding principles that you take one at a time, usually working with a sponsor that can provide support and advice. The 12-step approach is often part of a structured treatment program like AspenRidge Fort Collins.
What is the Purpose of the 12 Steps?
Recovery is a lifelong process. It’s something that you will work at every day. Bill W. created the 12 steps to give people something to focus on while managing their recovery. You may work the steps once in your life, or you may work them 100 times. The point is they give you something to go back to in times when you need to refresh your recovery efforts.
Programs at AspenRidge Fort Collins
AspenRidge Fort Collins provides an individually tailored Colorado 12 step program to clients. There are also daily 12-step meetings that allow you to talk to other people working the steps about your experience with addiction and your recovery process.
AspenRidge Fort Collins sits in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains and provides a serene and calming place to heal. The treatment does cover the 12-step process, but there are many different services here, including:
- Intensive outpatient program in Fort Collins
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Sober houses in Colorado
- Alumni services
Any of the alcohol and drug addiction treatment services in Colorado might require you to work the 12 steps as part of your overall treatment program.
Intensive outpatient care means you travel to AspenRidge Fort Collins several times throughout the week for individual and group counseling.
Partial hospitalization is for someone that requires more structured therapy and supervision. It allows you to come to our home and stay for the day. During this time, you will participate in individual and group therapy sessions. You may also be part of fun activities like hiking. At the end of the day, you go home to your family and friends.
Dual diagnosis treatment means we can provide therapy for mental health disorders, as well. Often addiction and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety have a connection.
If you would like to learn more about the 12 step program at AspenRidge Fort Collins, give us a call at (866) 957-6941.