It is important for you to seek professional help to assist you to assess what the right program is for you. If you’re relatively new to the idea of getting treatment for your addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, you’ve probably wondered about whether you need Alcoholics Anonymous also called AA, or Narcotics Anonymous also called NA. In the video below you will see an example of a 12 step program. Both AA and NA utilize a 12 step program with slight variations. Our Counselors can help you assess your needs and determine the best course of action for you based on your individual needs. Make an appointment with us today.
Support services such as a 12 Step Facilitation Program are often recommended to maintain sobriety once someone has gone through the treatment process or recommended to supplement a treatment program. Our counselors can help you determine what is right for you.
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According to the National Institute of Health, twelve-step facilitation therapy is an active engagement strategy designed to increase the likelihood of a substance abuser becoming affiliated with 12-step self-help groups, thereby promoting abstinence.
Three key ideas predominate
(1) acceptance, which includes the realization that drug addiction is a chronic, progressive disease over which one has no control, that life has become unmanageable because of drugs, that willpower alone is insufficient to overcome the problem, and that abstinence is the only alternative;
(2) surrender, which involves giving oneself over to a higher power, accepting the fellowship and support structure of other recovering addicted individuals, and following the recovery activities laid out by the 12-step program; and
(3) active involvement in 12-step meetings and related activities. While the efficacy of 12-step programs (and 12-step facilitation) in treating alcohol dependence has been established, the research on its usefulness for other forms of substance abuse is more preliminary, but the treatment appears promising for helping drug abusers sustain recovery.
NIDA (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved April 3, 2017, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
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