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12-Step Recovery

The treatment philosophy at Origins provides a firm foundation for 12-Step recovery. Addiction is a chronic, neurobiological disease that affects the mind, body and spirit. Like other chronic diseases, it is a progressive illness, and, if left untreated, it can be fatal. But there is real hope for recovery and a new, more fulfilling life.

Addiction can be successfully managed and treated—we do recover. Treatment for addiction is not a quick fix but rather becomes the platform for stability and engagement in your own recovery, one day at a time.

What is holistic treatment?
Holistic treatment addresses all aspects of the person using the 12-Step model. The 12-Steps are a spiritual program of action that can change our perceptions, and bring new purpose into our lives. By connecting with a deeper sense of meaning, those of us in recovery are able to positively impact the lives of those around us.

We have found in clinical treatment that the 12-Step philosophy is a vital part of permanent sobriety. When a person maintains a 12-Step practice, including getting a sponsor and working with others, relapse prevention is not only possible, but real recovery occurs.

  • Continuing care may include therapy on some level. It will include a 12-Step support component because it is a vital foundation for life in sobriety.
  • Those who actively work the 12-Steps receive, give support and enjoy camaraderie without the use of alcohol or drugs while they discover a life of purpose.
  • 12-Step support also provides a path to recovery for family members in programs like Al-Anon, Alateen and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA).

12-Step practice is central to all of Origins’ drug and alcohol treatment programs, whether residential or outpatient.

The 12-Step philosophy grew out of the development of practice and beliefs crafted by Bill W. and his fellow alcoholics; it is presented in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book).

  • The 12-Steps are meant to be studied and practiced not simply read. Full engagement in this spiritual program of action leads to sustained recovery.
  • 12-Step practice and support are not a short course with a beginning and end; they continually bring new understanding and renewal.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, a 12-Step program, is a spiritual organization that offers freedom from the powerlessness of addiction.

There are a number of groups based on the 12-Step philosophy, including this partial list:

Programs for those affected by a loved one’s addiction include:

AA is the most widely available 12-Step program, and meeting times and locations are easily found on the Internet. Our Continuum of Care staff provides recommendations for solution-based meetings with a solid foundation of support. At Origins Behavioral HealthCare, you will be connected with a potential sponsor and attend meetings before discharge.


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