The 12 Step Program for Alcohol Use Disorders
Discovery Point Retreat combines evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement and desensitization reprocessing (EM.R) with the 12 step program.
The 12 steps are centered around one’s spirituality and giving oneself to a higher power to overcome addiction. The idea of “God” is not limited to any one religion. The 12 step process adapts to one’s personal spirituality.
Navigating the road to recovery with 12 steps teaches clients self-forgiveness, positive-self talk, how to express emotions positively in an environment of transparency and trust. For decades, the 12 step program has helped millions of people achieve sobriety.
The 12 step treatment modality includes surrendering guilt and blame for past behaviors and shortcomings. Treatment involves taking responsibility for the future, repenting for previous mistakes and apologizing to grieved ones.
Throughout the 12 step process clients learn to control their emotions, express anger, depression, and anxiety through positive outlets, and form lasting social circles.The nature of the 12 step recovery program requires ultimate honesty with oneself and therapist to create true change.
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What is a 12 Step Recovery Program?
The 12 step program is structured around 12 tenets of reclaiming sobriety.
Each step progresses to the next and addresses a different facet of addiction recovery. Upon the 12th and final step clients are challenged to spread the 12 step modality, helping others in the throes of addiction.
The 12 step program is lauded by thousands and widely practiced as an effective means of treatment for addiction. During therapy clients participate in group therapy, sharing traumatic life events, building community circles, and learn to engage meaningfully with others.
A key facet of the step programs is learning how one’s substance abuse disorder inflicted pain to those indirectly involved. Clients learn about the genetic and environmental roots of addiction and how it relates to their lives personally.
Ultimately recovery guides clients to living without dependency to alcohol through connection with the divine, psychotherapy, and treatment of underlying mental health disorders.
How Our 12 Step Program in Dallas, TX Works
Our 12 step program at Discovery Point REtreat in Dallas TX teaches clients how to reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction!
As clients progress through the 12 steps of treatment, one learns to avoid compromising sobriety at all costs. Treatment enriches the quality of our clients’ lives, leading to productive, fully actualized persons.
Experience greater personal strength with one’s connection to the divine; this approach to substance abuse treatment is particularly effective in the melding of one’s religious (or spiritual) beliefs as a way of life; a pledge to a higher power one is hopelessly lost without guidance.
The 12 steps demand introspection, swift conflict resolution, cathartic release, prompt admittance to wrongdoings, repentance, and ultimately shepherding others with alcohol use disorders in the ways of the 12 step process.
Upon completion of the steps of sobriety, clients achieve a spiritual awakening; meaning clients are deeply in-tune with their immediate, ongoing, and future needs to live a healthy, productive life without the use of addictive substances.
A spiritual awakening imbues one’s pursuit of sobriety insurmountably strengthening one’s resolve and dedication to recovery.
During treatment with Discovery Point Retreat clients undergo inpatient medical detoxification upon arrival for treatment. Detox treatment typically lasts from ten to fourteen days. During this time clients go through the process of withdrawal and are treated for the symptoms stemming from abstinence.
Afterwhich, clients begin the main branch of recovery in inpatient or residential alcohol addiction treatment. Surrounding the principles of the 12 steps clients learn to navigate their emotions without the use of alcohol. Clients meet with therapists on a one-on-one basis. Psychotherapy is a cornerstone of treatment and involves evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
In addition to CBT the 12 steps program focuses largely on group connection. Group therapy elicits cathartic expression of repressed memories, current troubles, past traumas, and the gamut of addiction. The nature of sharing restores key functionality for interacting with others and maintaining healthy relationships after treatment.
How the 12 Steps Enrich Your Treatment and Future
In the 12 steps, one begins taking accountability for the past, present and future actions.
One does this by learning how one’s behaviors positively or negatively impact the lives of others. This concept is not an acceptance of blame for the past- it is the desire to grow beyond the problems of substance abuse for a better future.
The steps of recovery bring you back to a greater awareness of reality and the importance of working toward a better lifestyle.
The 12 steps are most effective when paired with psychotherapy and pharmacology. Potential programs and therapies at Discovery Point Retreat include:
- Inpatient Medical Detoxification (Detox)
- Residential/Inpatient Rehabilitation (IP)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Recreation Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Through a combined approach of the 12 step program and evidence-based therapies, clients build a solid foundation for the future!
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