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The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Like any other habitual behaviour, alcohol addiction can affect anyone. No matter your background, there are many influencing factors which can trigger addiction.

 

The Effects of An Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

For many alcoholics, significant side effects to both their physical and mental health are common. For those making the decision to turn their life around and overcome these side effects, there are many treatment methods available.

Alcoholics anonymous is a favoured option for many users looking for a confidential, non-judgmental way to work through their psychological demons. AA sessions are set in place to help individuals work through their addictions or mental health issues, while providing them with steps to take control of their life once again. AA sessions provide a strong support network to rely on through difficult times, while using experiences as inspiration to continue recovery.

If you’ve completed a clinical detox or further addiction treatment, AA sessions and support groups will offer effective motivation to maintain recovery post rehab. If you are in this position,
motivated to promote sobriety, AA sessions should be your next step. Here are the 12 steps of AA, helping you gauge the connected benefits.

 

The Steps to AA

In order to help alcoholics, further users and their loved ones understand the process of alcoholics anonymous, and the potential benefits, here is a breakdown of the 12 steps of AA. This model has supported alcoholics for years, providing guidelines to promote recovery. Although the below original format follows a spiritual approach to healing, no religious beliefs are required to complete AA.

A god or higher power can include support from specialists, nature or fate. You can expect to experience a similar form of support while receiving addiction treatment at our Cassiobury Court centre.

A message to alcoholics… recovery is possible with an effective treatment plan like AA.

    Step 1: Admitting that a dependence to alcohol is present, causing lack of control over daily life.

    Step 2: An understanding that alcoholism can be conquered in collaboration with treatment and the care of god/higher power.

    Step 3: Voluntary decision to hand over recovery probability to God as we understood him/a higher power.

    Step 4: Observe our self while creating a list of pros and cons.

    Step 5: Acknowledging wrongdoings and addiction to ourselves, supporters and the higher power.

    Step 6: Ready for God, a higher power or treatment to detoxify these defects of character.

    Step 7: Have conscious contact with God/higher power to request the removal of shortcomings and mistakes.

    Step 8: Create a list of individuals involved and agree to rebuild bridges.

    Step 9: Amend directly with those influenced by alcoholism.

    Step 10: Continue to work on our self while acknowledging any future wrongdoings.

    Step 11: Continue to improve our conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation/ recovery plan.

    Step 12: After experiencing a spiritual awakening, use these key principles to overcome addiction.

 

How The 12 Steps Can Help You Overcome Your Alcohol Addiction

By completing the 12 steps of AA, alcoholics can work on their psychological connection to substance abuse, while letting go of their barriers and healing the mind. This treatment method is favoured by many clients for the group involvement, promoting a strong support network through recovery.

Clients further prefer AA sessions to maintain their motivation levels post rehab to ensure they are discussing their issues, and effectively overcoming them before relapse is possible. Alcoholics anonymous will continue to support clients while following a secure, confidential setting, providing confidence and comfort for clients to take recovery seriously. We also advise our clients to listen to AA speaker tapes – these are very inspirational and have helped many through addiction recovery.

It is a highly effective outpatient treatment which we further favour here at Cassiobury Court. We believe that consistent contact post rehab will provide clients with a safe haven to maintain long-term recovery.

 

Alternative Treatments to Combat Alcohol Addiction

If you are currently suffering with a chronic alcohol addiction and require further support than regular AA sessions, there’s a variety of addiction treatments to support you. Here at Cassiobury Court, we have a wealth of industry leading, bespoke treatment options, regularly used to diminish alcoholism.

If a residential rehab programme will benefit you, you can expect to experience treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, medical detoxes, group therapy, wellness classes and motivational sessions. Each will help to work on the physical and psychological connection you have to alcohol. Each are designed to promote long-term recovery, while supporting you through a sober life.

Free Of Alcohol Addiction

Throughout your time with us, all detail will remain anonymous, providing you with a private, safe haven to unwind and work on your addiction. We will support you through each step, up until you’re ready to receive outpatient treatment. Please be aware that timeframes will always vary, taking factors such as addiction severity and susceptibility to treatment into consideration.

Post rehab, you can expect to experience aftercare services such as AA sessions. Here you will experience a similar set up to the 12 steps of AA presented above, however, a personalised approach will be provided to ensure your alcoholism is managed based on your needs. You will also be motivated to follow a long-term recovery plan, ideal for alcoholics. Within this plan, you will have a variety of healthy coping mechanisms to help you overcome any potential alcohol relapses.

Whether you’re currently living with an alcohol addiction, or have received rehabilitation and now require further support, get in touch with our team today. Whether you require a plan such as the 12 steps of AA or additional addiction treatment, a suitable method will be recommended.

Your personal needs will be taking into consideration to ensure you are comfortable with the next steps. For some individuals, group therapy, such as AA sessions are favoured. However, for others, a personal, individual approach may be preferred. Whichever you select, we will keep all details anonymous, providing you with a place to comfortably share your experiences and move forward.

Get in touch today to benefit from effective treatment methods to help alcoholics. Whether you’re currently struggling or are watching a loved one live through alcoholism, start the process with our admissions team.

John Gillen

A recovering addict himself, John is now one of the UK's leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Through our blog, he keeps our website visitors in the loop with the latest news and industry trends in relation to addiction treatment.