Mutual Help Groups (12-Step Programs)

Mutual Help Groups (12-Step Programs)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are widely accepted and successful solutions for helping with recovery. Part of the 12-step philosophy is becoming aware that you are not alone, and being part of a fellowship of women provides an environment of unity and trust. This unity is represented all over the world, and it has proven to be a part of many recovering from substance use disorder. Though it is common to try and recover on your own, many find it challenging to sustain sobriety without the social and spiritual aspect 12-step programs have to offer.

At Hammocks on the Edisto, we incorporate the philosophies of the 12-step program into the daily lives of our patients. Although we are not strictly a 12-step program, we do believe in the value of the fellowship and the utility of mutual help programs for women, and the enhanced success one may have when they leave addiction treatment. Please call 833.793.0191 today for any additional information.

What Are the Spiritual Principles of the 12 Steps?

The 12-step philosophy can be an essential part of an overall recovery plan. The steps themselves and the principles they are based on have proven to be an effective way to structure one’s recovery. Hammocks on the Edisto integrates the philosophy and principles into our programming and offers opportunities to be a part of 12 step meetings throughout the 30-day program. The-12 step principles we incorporate into our substance abuse treatment program are as follows:

  • Honesty
  • Faith
  • Surrender
  • Soul searching
  • Integrity
  • Acceptance
  • Humility
  • Willingness
  • Forgiveness
  • Maintenance
  • Making contact
  • Service

With these principles, clients learn to lead a life without using substances alongside a group of other women in recovery.

A Sober Community

Trying to “just not drink” or attempting to do it on your own often falls short because there is more to changing and being in recovery than just abstinence from using drugs and/or alcohol. Addiction is a disease that thrives on isolation. Therefore, your success when you leave treatment can be enhanced by learning about the 12-step philosophy and surrounding yourself with peers who understand the struggle and help you along the way. You will have a life-long support system that will be there for you when you need help staying committed to your recovery.

Regular meetings can help you stay accountable and talk about difficult times, which can be very beneficial in your healing. The more you open up about your struggles, the easier the journey to recovery will be as you move forward in the process.

Structure and Helping Others

Many people experience setbacks in their recovery because they do not make changes to other areas in their life. The structure, accountability, and social aspect of 12-step groups provide opportunities to stay active and intentional during early recovery. The fellowship can provide a safe and trusting environment that a person can count on. Another important part of the 12-step philosophy is helping others. It is one of the foundational principles of 12-step programs. It has been proven that helping others helps you. In the spirit of giving, a person benefits greatly in their own recovery.

Contact Hammocks on the Edisto

At Hammocks on the Edisto near Charleston, SC, we are a women’s-only treatment center specializing in addiction recovery. We offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, which can successfully help our residents through the recovery process. We utilize the 12 steps throughout the recovery process, including them in a range of our treatment approaches, such as group therapy and yoga therapy. Call Hammocks on the Edisto today at 833.793.0191 to speak with one of our behavioral therapists and start your road to recovery today.

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