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How Does 12-Step Recovery Work?

12-step recovery programs are designed to assist people suffering from addiction of all kinds, from substance abuse to eating disorders to problem behaviors like gambling and sex. These programs encourage members to follow a series of steps to achieve lasting recovery and a good quality of life.

Some people, however, need treatment to jumpstart their recovery. Some people will require a medical detoxification, others may have a Dual Diagnosis and many will need to leave their environment and get away from triggers, such as work, home and/or friends and family that are acting out in their own addictions. The good news is that there are treatment programs that provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how 12-step recovery treatment programs work:

Surrender and Admission

Surrendering and admitting to the problem begins the road to recovery. Taking responsibility and evaluating the harm caused as a result of your addiction paves the way to asking for forgiveness, including from yourself.

Safe Space and Self-Reflection

Treatment provides a safe and healing atmosphere for those struggling with addiction, promoting confidentiality and customization for each client. The addiction alone is not the sole focus, as participants can examine the motivations behind the addiction through periods of self-reflection. Another benefit of treatment is having a qualified Psychiatrist and mental health professionals to help determine underlying issues.

Twelve Healing Steps

12-Step Programs are comprised of twelve healing steps, first designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. The simplified steps include:

  • Surrender
  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Willingness
  • Humility
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Awareness
  • Patience
  • Service

12-step recovery treatment programs can be customized to help each client find an effective healing process that allows them to recover from their addiction. Simply stated, some people need both treatment AND a 12-step recovery program to sustain long term recovery. Seeking professional assistance with a 12-step recovery treatment program can help your recovery process by providing the necessary coping skills, a safe place and education as you heal.

Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or admissions@tpoftampa.com.