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12 Step programs
How it works. How to work it.

Free and available everywhere, 12-step programs provide a support system that prevents sinking back into old habits.

Each of the 12 steps is specific, action-oriented, realistic and the results are measurable. Those in recovery can receive feedback and support along the way from other program participants.

There are an estimated 1.25 million Alcoholics Anonymous members in the U.S. and more than 25,000 Narcotics Anonymous groups in the world. One of the reasons treatment centers in South Florida are so popular is the vibrant recovery community in the area.

Including 12-step programs as part of an addiction treatment plan is recommended by:

  • U.S. National Institute of Health
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs
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Do The Steps Really Work?

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Sandy I.
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Drug abuse is only a symptom of a deeper problem. The purpose of working the steps with a sponsor, then in time reaching out to help others, is to recover from the spiritual angst of addiction. Having hope and peace is just as crucial to recovery as the mental and physical parts. It's an ongoing process that provides flexibility as you grow in your recovery — from a newcomer just starting out to someone with many years sobriety who wishes to continue their personal development.
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Mitch H.
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I met my best friends at 12 step meetings. Everyone there gets you on a level that even my family couldn't understand. Although I don't always look forward to going, I never regret it. 12 step programs get a bad rep. It's about getting serious about your recovery, getting support and becoming a better person.
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Clark B.
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I’ve wanted to change for so long and I always convinced myself that I’m happy, that if I just do this or that, I’ll be happy, but only to fall into the pits of mental hell two days later. I am truly powerless over my addictions. Without this program, I would still be left in that pit. I am so grateful and devoted to my recovery today.
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Step-by-Step

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

When embarking on a recovery program, the first step is surrendering and admitting that you have no power over the alcohol or drugs that have taken over your life. Surrendering runs counter to every instinct that tells us to fight the demons that have taken over. We don’t want to surrender because surrendering is an admission that we have lost.

Unless you can admit that you are unable to control your response to alcohol or drugs, you will continue to struggle.

Believing you can control your intake of drugs or alcohol is a trap that too often prolongs the active addiction. You may have days or weeks where you stay away from your substance of choice, but a trigger causes old habits to resume, starting the cycle over again. Step one of every 12-step program asks you to admit and accept that you have no power or control over your use of alcohol or drugs and then to move forward into the next successive steps of the program to pull yourself away from the downward spiral.

You may have developed your own coping strategies to address your substance abuse and to manage your addicted life. However, surrendering and admitting powerlessness over drugs or alcohol is more than a coping strategy.

It is a means of acknowledging that those temporary means of hiding and denying addiction were not and never will be effective. You can more readily accept that you have no power if you admit that you have lost control over your life as a result of addiction.

There are many reasons why a person finally makes this admission. You may have tried and repeatedly failed to give up drugs or alcohol. You may have caused grievous injuries to yourself or others. Your drug or alcohol use may have driven away family or friends, or you might have lost jobs and experienced other economic disasters. The common thread through these events is some sort of pain that you attempt to relieve by using drugs or alcohol. While the relief will be temporary, the long-term negative consequences are grave. Many are left with nothing more than a heightened sense of grief or shame from turning to drugs or alcohol.

Step one of a 12-step program requires a new sense of humility and a willingness to accept help from sources outside of yourself.

Arrogance can impede recovery by thinking that you can handle problems by yourself. Surrendering and admitting powerlessness and being humble enough to accept help from others is not an easy feat. On the other hand, it frees you from having to cope with addiction alone. It removes layers of stress that can be a trigger in itself. It also allows you to shift into a new lifestyle that keeps you free from old harmful ways.

Find hope in the darkest of days, and focus on the brightest.

Do you believe, or are you willing to open yourself up to believe, that you don’t run the show? This is the essence of Step 2 of every 12-step addiction recovery program. In Step 2, you might refer to a power outside of yourself as “God” or “The Universe”.

The term doesn’t matter since recovery allows you to create your own higher power, as long as it isn’t you.

You might have a connection to an organized religion, but your upbringing and experiences might have led you to reject that connection. You might even come into an addiction recovery program as an agnostic or a committed atheist.

Step 2 of a 12-step program is not concerned with the background, biases and baggage that you bring into the program. Rather, it asks you to move forward by considering that there may be something greater that you can look toward to overcome your drug or alcohol problems.

Step 1 in your 12-step addiction recovery program asked you to surrender yourself and acknowledge that you are powerless over drugs and alcohol. When you were at the lowest in your addiction, your actions showed that there is at least one higher power in your life: the drugs or alcohol. The second step asks you to be willing to believe that there is something larger than you that can solve your addiction problem.

In other terms, if addiction was larger than you in a sense that you could not stop using when you wanted to, the replacement for those drugs needs to also be something larger than you.

Being willing is not understanding everything about your addiction or your higher power automatically. Being willing is opening your mind to the recovery program, taking that leap of faith.

Unlike drugs and alcohol, the new higher power is concerned with your health and well-being. You can choose the characteristics of your higher power and disregard the rest.

Many recovering people have a difficult time with Step 2 because of their biases against organized religions and faith-based organizations. The important distinction here is that 12-step addiction recovery programs are spiritual and not religious in nature. You may need to ask yourself some difficult questions as you begin this step:

– Did your family’s faith-based experiences leave you with a negative perspective regarding specific religions?
– Do your current religious practices conflict with your journey through Step 2?
– Do the people in your current or former religious congregations help or hurt your chances of success in recovery, and are those people good or effective role models for acceptance of a higher power?
– What do you want your higher power to be like? How would you want your higher power to speak to you?

Step 2 is not about the vengeance or judgment. You will be challenged to accept responsibility for your own actions and your ultimate recovery, but you will not be judged or punished for those actions. Your sober support will encourage you to develop that personal relationship with your higher power. Connecting to a higher power allows you to restore balance in your life and to re-establish relationships with family and friends that had been destroyed by drugs and alcohol.

Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.

Step 3 of a typical 12-step addiction recovery program asks you to turn your will and life over to whatever higher power you agree with. In the progressions of your addiction, you may have given your own free will to drugs and alcohol and lose all option and opportunity to exercise that free will to reject those substances. In Step 3, you are not asked to give up your free will. Rather, you’re encouraged to use your free will, which consists of your thoughts, words, and actions, in a positive way to help you to recover from addiction.

Frequent meditation or recite some form of the Serenity Prayer can help place you in a balanced mind frame:

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

This prayer asks for help determining your next action in different situations. Although recovery is solely based on helping those struggling with addiction, recovery is also about learning to live again. In active addiction, you may have tried to control people’s reactions, but failed each time. The Serenity Prayer gives you the awareness that you can only handle your own reactions to life, not anyone else.

12-step programs are designed to give you the power to treat and manage your addiction disease.

In combination, the first three steps of a 12-step recovery program form a management program that relies on a power outside of your own personal sense of being, with Step 3 being a threshold that you will cross as you lets go of your addictions.

If you have some reluctance or resistance to the “higher power” concept of Step 2, you will have a similar problem in Step 3 if that reluctance is connected to bias against external religious organizations or beliefs. 12-step programs have a spiritual and not a religious basis.

Even if you have prejudice from an earlier life experience about a higher power, you can still develop your own higher power.

You can utilize that power to nurture an inner wisdom that allows you to distinguish things you can change from those that are beyond your power to change. This is not a simple concept to absorb, but those who have absorbed it continue to enhance their sober lifestyle.

I have found that the process of discovering who I really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be.

Recovering addicts who have moved into step 4 of a 12-step addiction recovery program often remark that this step is the most uncomfortable and challenging of the entire program.

In Step 4, you will be asked to evaluate your own past thoughts, words, and events through the development of a personal and moral inventory. You might be subconsciously aware of your inner demons, faults, and shortcomings, but Step 4 is the first time you will be asked to consciously acknowledge those demons and the role they played in leading to your substance abuse.

Even within a modern culture that celebrates and encourages confessions on reality entertainment programs, many people (and not just recovering addicts) find that admitting their own faults and failures is a daunting task. You can overcome your reluctance here with assurances that 12-step addiction recovery programs are non-judgmental. Regardless of the circumstances and events that sparked your substance abuse, you won’t be judged or condemned within the 12-step recovery community. All members of that community confronted and admitted their own problems and they have no interest or motivation in condemning a fellow community member.

You need to know your strengths and weaknesses in order to recover. You cannot come to know them apart from understanding what you have done in active addiction and what you are still able to do in recovery.

Many 12-step programs provide guidelines to help you conduct your own personal and moral inventory. Those guidelines will likely include some combination of these elements:

● You might be asked to share your experiences with drugs and alcohol and the events that resulted in using those drugs. Normally, if you are not ready to share your story, you might be asked to keep a journal that will help you feel comfortable with acknowledging your past.
● Addiction recovery counselors and therapists may encourage you to focus on problems or triggers that sparked alcohol or drug use. These may be general family problems or specific traumatic events, feelings of disappointment or dissatisfaction with life, or anger or jealousy over successes that other people enjoy.
● If you have a history of denying your problems or if you have built a web of lies and deception to cover those problems, you will need to confront and admit those actions.
● You are not alone in addiction. Your addiction will inevitably affect relationships with family and friends, bringing them into the destructive cycle. When conducting a personal inventory, you will be asked to assess how your addiction affected those relationships.
● You might have repeatedly attempted to wean yourself from abused substances only to fail in those attempts, leading to feelings of shame, anger, and disgust. These feelings will be acknowledged and examined in a personal inventory.

Success in Step 4 of a 12-step addiction recovery program is dependent upon your ability to be honest with yourself, accepting that problems originate within yourself, and realizing that judgment and blame are not part of your recovery. Step 4 can tear you down, but on the positive side, the endpoint of every personal and moral inventory will be a plan that you can implement ways to live a fulfilling life away from drugs and alcohol. The self-inventory is a proven and effective method to defeat addiction.

Owning your story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending your life running from it.

In Step 5 of a typical 12-step addiction recovery program, you will be asked to take responsibilities for your words and actions. When you bury your own personality beneath a web of lies and shame, the mental and physical stress only pushes you deeper into addiction.

If you admit and take responsibility for your mistakes, Step 5 will relieve the stresses and anxieties that often arise from his attempts to cover your lies and deceits.

Step 5 is a natural extension of the personal and moral inventory that you conducted as part of Step 4. Step 4 reveals your faults through your past words and actions. Step 5 starts you on a path to uncovering things you may have said or done that has caused harm to you and others.

If you have moved into Step 5 of your own recovery program, you will be required to do more than just admit your mistakes privately. You will be asked to share those mistakes with your sponsor or some other person in your 12-step support group. Remembering that 12-step groups are supportive but not judgmental will ease the natural difficulty of this process.

When you are ready to admit your mistakes, your therapist or counselor will likely advise you to carefully choose the person to whom you want to make that admission. Your spouse or life partner may support every aspect of your recovery effort, but he or she may be too close to the problems to truly empathize.

The best sponsors for 12-step participants are other people who have struggled with addiction and who are now living free from drugs and alcohol. Finding sober support by attending fellowship meetings can help you in the long run when working the steps.

Step 5 will also allow you to incorporate everything you have learned in the preceding four steps of your addiction recovery. You will have learned that you have had no power over the substances that took over your life. You will have acknowledged a higher power in your life and will have connected with and learned to lean on that higher power to form your personal and moral inventory and to admit your mistakes. At this phase in your 12-step recovery, you will also have gained an understanding that the individual steps do not have beginnings and endings, but are instead guideposts and suggestions that you can visit and revisit during your entire recovery process.

It is only when we are ready to give up some things in our lives that we could receive new things.

It is easy to say that you are ready to go beyond your addictions, but your actions prove your readiness. Step 6 combines everything you are willing to rely on your higher power to correct those character defects that originated from active addiction. If you are not ready or willing to recover, your lack of motivation will be obvious in the 6th step.

As with the other eleven steps of a 12-step program, Step 6 does not have a discrete beginning and ending.

The recovery process is a lifelong program.

You will face this challenge every day as you begin to cope with this disease. It is not possible to let go every single character defect at once, so don’t try to achieve perfection. Character defects that fostered an addiction may have developed over a long period of time. You might find that it is more manageable to chip away at those defects on a daily or weekly basis rather than trying to do everything all at once.

Addiction recovery is a journey and not a destination. Set realistic and reasonable goals for yourself. These goals should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-bound.

Any goals that fall outside of these guidelines will more likely set you up for disappointment and failure, which will then inevitably lead to a relapse.

Step 6 is more about recovering your attitude than it is about the actual process of getting rid of defects. It may seem obvious to others that an alcoholic or drug addict will want to defeat his addictions, but that is often not the case. The disease that consumes you also removes your innate desire to get healthy.

You cannot be cured of addiction, but you can be changed.

Once you have experienced some success in recovery, Step 6 will help you gain an understanding of why you were unable to defeat your addictions alone.

Self-discipline is a necessary component of every 12-step addiction recovery program but it is not by itself enough.

You will not be ready to be changed unless and until you turn to something larger than yourself. You will need to rely on that higher power to break through the barriers that alcohol and drugs have caused in your life. Rarely will a counselor or sponsor know exactly when you are ready to begin to break through those barriers. Only you will know that, and it’s up to you to begin the journey.

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.

Step 7 is a continuation of the previous steps in a 12-step recovery program. Step 7 suggests that to overcome the harmful things we said and did in active addiction, we need to acknowledge and accept that we said and did them. With acceptance comes humility, and humility is often defined as the opposite of pride and selfishness.

It is necessary to feel the embarrassment, fear, and pain that you masked with alcohol and drugs.
To recover, you must first feel, and that takes courage found in humility.

Alcoholism and drug addiction often remove all traces of your natural humility as you selfishly and pridefully seek to feed your addictions. Humility forces you to see yourself as you present yourself to your friends and family. It also paves the way for you to make a sincere attempt to defeat your addictions apart from interference by your pride or those instincts that urge you to cover your faults.

When we were in active addiction, we kept things to ourselves: material things and internal pain. In recovery, you must give those things away to others to heal and get things in return. We keep by giving it away.

Approaching this task with humility also strengthens your connection to a higher power. If you rely only on yourself and your own self-discipline, you may be setting yourself up for failure. If you place your trust in an external higher power, your own sense of self-discipline to overcome your addiction fades. Team building exercises in other contexts are designed to teach people to rely on the greater strength of the team than on their own individual strength. Adopting a sense of humility in Step 7 more effectively allows you to form a team relationship with your higher power.

Without any sense of humility, you will again be tempted to try to overcome his addictions alone, resulting in relapse.

As with every other step of a common 12-step addiction recovery program, you will ask for replacement of your faults and shortcomings. Addictions can develop quickly but they do not happen overnight.

Recovering from addictions and the processes and techniques that are part of that recovery will take exponentially more time and will ultimately last a lifetime.

As you move into Step 7, you will increasingly recognize the changes in your attitudes that have been developed through a rigorous program. At this stage, you should be more honest with yourself and your family and friends. You will realize and understand that you may need more than just yourself to help solve a problem. With Step 7, you will ask for and find assistance with that external higher power.

Pride and ego may have driven an addict to seek comfort in drugs or alcohol, but humility will encourage a recovering addict to place his own character and his relationships with friends and family ahead of his own comfort. That comfort will then come in the form of a healthier life and stronger relationships.

The best apology is changed behavior.

In Step 8, you will be asked to make a list of the people you may have harmed with your drug or alcohol addiction, and then to become willing to make amends to all of them. Making that list should be an easy task because the personal inventory that was developed in Step 4 will likely provide a road map of relationships with family and friends who were most affected by a drug or alcohol problems.

The purpose of the list goes beyond identifying individuals who you have harmed. You can also learn more about yourself by the people who you put on this list.

For example, a spouse or significant other may have missed multiple days of work because of your addiction. You may have frequently relied on lies and deceits from your family members to cover your problems. Urging a spouse or a close friend to be dishonest is the equivalent of lying. Often your family or friends will not feel comfortable with the lie but will do so out of friendship and loyalty, even though it puts a strain on your relationship.

If you make a list of people you have harmed, you should include everyone who has helped to cover or hide your addiction. The presence of those people on your list will reveal much about how you managed your life before recovery.

People who have experienced harm at the hands of your addiction may have responded in frustration or anger. In this case, you will need to forego blaming those people for their own actions.

Addiction is a complex disease, and people who are not familiar with the effects of those diseases should not be shunned. You should avoid becoming defensive and putting the blame on others when writing your list.

If you aren’t willing to take responsibility for your role in your life, you have not worked a thorough program.

It may be painful or difficult to accept the truth that your substance abuse has had a serious adverse effect on many people. Counselors and therapists will ease you into this acceptance in Step 8. They may ask you to refrain from focusing on other individuals’ problems as a means to minimize your own problems. They may also instruct you to avoid judging other people so you can assess your own problems.

Throughout active addiction, you may have caused harms ranging from financial, material or physical harm, to emotional injuries, and even to antisocial or criminal injuries. They may have been recent or before you ever touched a drink or drug. In all cases, to make it right, you need to accept responsibility for the harm done and to prepare to make amends for it.

Just because your pain is understandable, doesn’t mean your behavior is acceptable.

Step 9 of a 12-step addiction recovery program is where you implement the plan that is sketched out and prepared for in Step 8. The plan was a list of people who had suffered some harm as a result of your actions, coupled with the preparations that would be necessary to remedy those harms. Step 9 asks you to make amends with those people if it is possible to do so without causing further harm either to them or yourself.

If you do make amends, you will find that taking action to right things that went wrong is liberating and stress-relieving.

Throughout addiction and early recovery, you carry enormous amounts of regret, anger, and shame as a result of your past actions. The affirmative and positive actions that you take are intended to reverse and erase those negative emotions.

Not everyone who was harmed by your actions will accept your amends. You will need to assess the people on your list to determine which of them should be approached first. Typically, you don’t begin making amends until you have worked (and continue to work) the previous eight steps.

You may only be able to make partial amends with some of those people and with other people on your list.

Making amends will require you to discuss and disclose elements of your addiction that may make you feel uncomfortable. If that level of discomfort is too high, you will need to exercise some discretion to decide how much information you want to share.

There may be some people on your list who should not or cannot be contacted because of circumstances surrounding the harms that were caused. For example, an ex-spouse who experienced physical abuse while you were still using substances may prefer never to see you again, regardless of the level of your recovery or positive intentions.

Addiction counselors and therapists, as well as 12-step sponsors, can help you decide which people you should contact and how much effort you should expend to make amends.

You do not need to disclose everything about your past addiction or recovery. In all cases, you may want to carefully plan your approach to each person. Making amends will take time and energy, and the process may last for several years after you achieved sobriety. As with other aspects of a 12-step addiction recovery program, Step 9 is not a discrete set of events, and it is not time-limited.

If you have fully subscribed to the philosophy of a 12-step program, you will strive to continue to make amends as you grow further into your sobriety.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Step 10 of a 12-step addiction recovery program is a reality check. Those who have persevered through the first nine steps of the program will understandably start to feel very good about their efforts and their newfound sobriety. This can be a dangerous time. Self-satisfaction can drive even the most determined person back to his substances of demise.

Step 10 reminds you to continue to live humbly, to take regular inventories of where you have been and where you are in your daily recovery. The tenth step provides you the opportunity to admit mistakes as they happen.

Step 10 teaches you to make a habit out of self-examination and self-inventories. If you do not have proper mechanisms to deal with daily challenges, you will be at greater risk of relapsing and losing all the benefits of recovery.

Successful addiction recovery requires you to learn healthier coping mechanisms in the face of immediate stresses. Rash decisions lead to mistakes, which themselves lead to relapses.

Step 10 gives you the tools to forgive yourself and others when problems arise.

Step 10 does not require you to beat yourself up over every mistake and error you make. Rather, like the other steps in a 12-step recovery program, Step 10 is about awareness. You should take deliberate, well-considered actions. Inadvertent or poorly-framed actions with selfish intentions should be continuously worked on.

Recovery is more about moving forward in a positive direction than it is about achieving perfection.

Steps 10, 11 and 12 are maintenance steps in your journey to living a sober and self-aware life. These steps build on all of the skills that you will have developed in the first nine steps of a recovery program. The steps allow you to dive deeper into your own motives while connecting with a higher power that helps keep you on a forward-moving path. You can use these steps to replace addiction with a life full of recovery.

Addiction recovery never ends, and you will be faced with old triggers and new challenges every day.

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.

12-step addiction recovery programs are not about religion. The intent of step 11 is to encourage you to incorporate some daily spiritual practice into your life.

Step 11 of a typical 12-step addiction recovery program returns you to focusing on your relationship with a higher power that provides an anchor for your recovery. In step 11, you are encouraged to pray or meditate regularly to seek the path that your higher power has established for you.

To understand spirituality, step 11 has two components: 1. mindfulness, and 2. maintaining the connection to a higher power.

Mindfulness is ultimately a mental state that acknowledges and accepts feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Some version of these concepts will have been introduced in the early steps of your 12-step program. A higher power is something that is not man-made. Step 11 seeks to expand upon these concepts and to cement them into your daily routine. Mindfulness is a near-universal practice in many recovery programs and philosophies, most prominently including yoga.

Yoga instructors teach the concept of “living in the moment”, which is often described as shutting off all distractions and focusing only on the present to not dwell on the past or worry about the future.

In early recovery, you may fall into a trap of guilt and self-blame over your actions. Mindfulness practice pushes you past this guilt and blame and into a mental state that allows a positive way of thinking and moving forward. As with the other steps of a 12-step addiction recovery program, step 11 does not have a definite beginning, and it certainly has no end.

You are encouraged to use daily meditation and mindfulness practice throughout your recovery as a tool to work toward maintaining a connection to a higher power.

Something as simple as having a comfortable place to practice mindfulness can have a large impact on your success in recovery. This does not mean a temple or a special room in the house, but instead any quiet or reflective place that appeals to you. The choice is personal to the individual who desires to adopt a mindfulness practice.

Practicing mindfulness is not the same thing as praying.

You are encouraged at every step of a 12-step program to learn that there are powers outside of yourself that can be relied upon to help you recover from your substance abuse problems. Since addiction was larger than you, finding a helpful essence that is not you can aid in your recovery.

Connections to a higher power that are formed early in recovery can be fragile. With mindfulness practice, those connections are enhanced and strengthened.

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Step 12 teaches you to step entirely away from yourself and to help others with no expectation of receiving anything in return.

Anyone who perseveres through the first 11 of the 12 steps in their recovery programs might think that they have reached an endpoint in their recoveries when they get to step 12. Step 12, however, is just the beginning. Individuals who suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction are often self-centered and unconcerned with their families and friends.

No one understands the terrifying depths of alcoholism or drug addiction like another recovering alcoholic or addict.

Step 12 harnesses the understanding that to maintain lasting recovery, you must simultaneously help others through the 12 steps. Rather than being a burden, your prior substance abuse experiences now transform into an asset that you can share with another person dealing with addiction.

To keep what you have gained throughout recovery, you should give selflessly of yourself and what you have learned to others.

The concepts and practices of a 12-step recovery program should be incorporated into everyday life. You may have never planned to help others or envisioned being a role model or teacher for others, but helping others becomes a privilege instead of a chore. You are not a preacher, and your assistance should not be motivated by a desire for recognition. To successfully work the 12th step, you must draw in experience from all other steps, including humility and understanding. Becoming a mentor in recovery brings a lot of joy and appreciation.

By working with others, you are reminded how quickly you can go back to where you were in active addiction.

You are not fully recovered from their addiction when you reach the 12th step. Because recovery is a lifelong process, 12-step programs give you a set of practices and guidelines that are designed to enlarge your spiritual existence. Rather than being self-absorbed about your problems, you will have a new sense of self-respect that you will be able to share with others.

Instead of using drugs or alcohol to escape life’s problems, you can now use your daily efforts toward achieving spiritual growth to tackle those problems.

The self-importance and prestige which fostered your addiction will be gone and will be replaced by a sense of happiness and contentment that comes from living spiritually. When you share your personal stories with others struggling with addiction, you can gain a deeper appreciation for your own path to recovery. When you hear other people’s stories, you are reminded of your own struggles and are brought back to your own spiritual healing practices. Your efforts are continuously revitalized as you continue to help other addicts to make their own fresh starts.

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