The oldest and most widely used form of organized support for addiction and alcoholism lies within the core principles of the 12 steps. For decades, people have found connection and healing in the tenants laid out in the original printing of Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps were designed to bring about relief from the obsession and destruction of alcoholism by providing connection to a power greater than one’s self that can be defined by that individual.
At JourneyPure, we provide a connection to the 12 steps in a way that resonates with patients as a core component of ongoing connection and recovery that those who have suffered from addiction so desperately crave. Through group processes and introduction to 12 step meetings, patients are given a thorough introduction to one of the most widely used support systems in the world today. Ongoing support after treatment is very important and we want to equip our patients with every tool possible.
The Original Twelve Steps from 1939 Used in Treatment Programs Today:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and 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 he 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.