What is the 12th step program?

How long is a 12 step program?

The 12th step program, or a 12 step program, is a process one undertakes to become clean and create a far better life. It is a process developed by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith during 1935 in Akron, Ohio. While it has religious roots in its creation, any person seeking substance or alcohol relief through the 12 step program does not need to be religious in the slightest degree. Furthermore, it has gone on to help influence program information we use at Habitats of Hope, LLC. The specific steps of the program are: 

  • Admittance of being powerless over alcohol, that life has become unmanageable
  • A power greater than ourselves can restore sanity
  • Decide to seek help in religion or in a solid foundation
  • Take inventory of ourself
  • Admit to our wrongs
  • Explore your shortcomings and overcome them
  • List all those one would need to make amends with
  • Make amends with each person unless it brings danger to them or you
  • Continuously look at yourself and better yourself
  • Understood either a higher power or purpose in the world
  • Carry the message you have learned to others 

While the original steps are worded in the religious context, these have been edited to be understood universally. This also applies to co-dependency, which can be overcome similarly. The 12 step program differs in time for each person that undertakes it, for some, it might not be that long while for others it will take years to reach the final step. If you find yourself wanting to seek substance or alcohol recovery, Habitats of Hope, LLC can help when you call 855-277-3785 today. Our primary location in Lebanon, PA can offer you multiple choices in getting better.

What are the 6 stages of recovery?

After the 12 step program, the journey to substance or alcohol recovery is not complete. While a person can revisit any of the 12 steps they have already completed for reassurance, there are six more stages known as the recovery stages. These stages are more or less meant to condense the 12 steps mentioned earlier, putting in more detail and be a similar way in finding a resolution that will wholly benefit their life.

  • Precontemplation: At this stage, a person is feeling the negative impacts of their addition and is constantly seeking to remain in their current state. The person will not necessarily know they need assistance, defending their habits and rationalizing why it is sufficient for the time being. A feeling of helplessness or anger may be present within the person and can be seen by a person that a close tie. For this stage, a person needs a solid foundation and encouragement to begin a substance or alcohol recovery. 
  • Contemplation: The problem has been recognized by the person, but not entirely. It will be on them to decide whether they have a problem or not and will generally be making it a point to consider what the costs are. This includes whether if they may stop drinking temporarily, taking stock of how it is affecting their health, and so on. Until they begin to try and find a solution instead of constantly thinking of how to modify it will they move on. 
  • Preparation: The decision has been made and the person is actively seeking to better themselves by moving away from alcohol or negative substances. They might be still drinking, but at this point it is by every intention they will stop and are letting those around them know. 
  • Action: The person has chosen to completely break with the substance or alcohol. Generally, they will undergo a detox, we recommend having medical assistance due to detoxing. This point is both physically and mentally taxing for the person. They should have a solid base of people checking in and to some degree paying attention.
  • Maintenance: After detoxing, a person goes through the process of forming habits that keep them from what was causing the damage. In this sense, they are trying their best to live healthy and doing things like exercising as well as eating healthy. 
  • Termination: While some may say that at this point the person is cured, it is up to the person as to what they will do next. Substance abuse can run in the family by being genetic or be isolated to a person. Normally, the person will practice what they have learned up to this point and live a healthy life.

How do I break my codependency?

Codependency is defined as a relationship where a person enables another into addiction, poor habits, and general debauchery. It can be defined as worse, but a person suffering such a relationship can learn from the 12 or six-step program. It depends on you, if the relationship cannot be counseled or made better than the person may need to consider breaking it off entirely for the benefit of both parties. We recommend seeking professional help in such instances, whereby through Habitats of Hope, LLC or a psychiatrist that can direct a person through to a better reference. This is due to the issues being deeply embedded in the person’s psyche and needing assistance in healing either trauma or a problematic past.

part of the 12 steps is having a supportive base around you.

How long does it take your brain to heal from alcohol?

When recovering from alcohol use, there are some things to understand about the long term recovery. Unfortunately, parts of your brain will take an extensive amount of time to heal and may do so for the rest of a person’s life that has undergone alcohol recovery. The good news is your body recovers relatively quickly in comparison. In reference to muscle and inner organs, you will see a far better result after 30 days.  This is the point at which there will not be any necessity for alcohol and you can function on your own without it. The brain, however, will need longer and a litany of healthy habits that are formed through physical exercise, mental fortitude, and healthy eating. It should always be noted however, you can do it. Call 855-277-3785 today if you need professional assistance.