Because of its proven success, the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, also adopted by groups for other addictions, is a key part of our program. Our experience has shown that the 12 steps address the thinking and behavior common to any addition. Some of our staff members have a personal story of recovery by using the 12 step program, and research supports the concepts as valuable and successful path to recovery. At iRecover Alberta, we use a modified 12 step program as a springboard, and we combine the 12 step concepts with other therapies and our educational process. Our professionally trained staff works the steps with our participants while they are in our program. We support our participants throughout the whole process. Not only can they refer to the steps on their iPads, they also can have face-to-face conversations with their counselors from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection. We are committed to providing continuity of care.
12 Steps To Recovery Break Through Denial
Denial is the No. 1 symptom of addiction. The 12 steps to recovery break down that wall of pretense. People who are afflicted with the disease of substance abuse will go to great lengths to prove to themselves and others that they do not have a problem. They tell lies to themselves and their loved ones about the amount of alcohol or drugs consumed; they make excuses to their employers about why they are late to work – or don’t show up at all; they close their eyes to the damage they are causing to themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Family members and loved ones become part of the cycle, as well. Amidst the chaos caused in their relationships, they take on blame and guilt. They feel frustrated that they cannot solve the problem for their loved one. They become enablers without even realizing it. Step One of the 12 step program helps people break through the denial. Until they can accept their alcoholism or drug addiction, they cannot make long-lasting progress in recovery. Our professional staff understands denial and helps participants as they come to grips with their disease.
Underlying Causes Revealed In 12 step Program
The 12 step program leads our participants on a path of discovery. Once our participants have come to a realization that they have a progressive disease that always worsens with each failed attempt at recovery, we help them understand that the willingness to accept help is a key to moving forward. With the process of cognitive behavioral therapy and the support of group sessions with others who have experience in the 12 steps, participants begin to discover the patterns of negative thinking that have led them to make unhealthy choices contributing to their addiction. They also uncover personality traits and emotional conditions that have contributed to their strained relationships. Through the 12 steps to recovery, we also help our participants see the role that resentments play in their addiction. We guide them through the process of recognizing resentments and learning how to deal with them in a positive way. Our counselors and therapists are close at hand to listen as our participants explore their innermost thoughts and feelings. We understand the courage necessary to leave the familiarity of alcohol and drugs behind and move forward in recovery.