The Twelve-Step Program of Addiction Treatment

3418 Public Works Drive, (PressExposure) May 12, 2009 -- Addiction is one of the many problems faced by many people, particularly among the adolescents. A number of drug rehabilitation centers have been founded solely to provide different approaches, medications, and methods to adolescent addiction treatment, may it be from alcohol or drugs. One popular approach taken by therapists and psychologists in treating a patient of their addiction is the Twelve-Step Program. Twelve-step programs encourage addicts not only to stop using alcohol or other drugs, but to examine and change habits related to their addictions.

Twelve-Step Program

Apart from its principal use as alcohol adolescent addiction treatment founded by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the Twelve-step methods have been adopted to address a wider range of substance abuse and dependency problems. Over 200 self-help organizations, often known as fellowships, with a worldwide membership of millions, now employ twelve-step principles for recovery. Narcotics Anonymous was formed by addicts who could not relate to the specifics of alcohol dependency.

The Twelve-Step

Here are the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:


We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.


Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.


Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.


Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

These steps as adolescent addiction treatment clearly states and teaches its patients to:

admitting that one cannot control one's addiction or compulsion;


recognizing a greater power that can give strength;


examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (experienced member);


making amends for these errors;


learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior;


helping others that suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.

About Self-employed

Donna Sparks is a Professor and a Consultant Physician. Other than her clinical and local teaching commitments, she also continues to enjoy the privileges of research, writing and lecturing.

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