Why Should I Be in a 12 Step Immersion
Treatment Program Rather Than Just Going to AA Myself?
Many individuals have tried to do AA on their own and not completed the steps. When we try to do AA on our own, life often gets in the way. We get distracted by work, family, school and life. Or emotions crop up that are too overwhelming to deal with so we bail. Or we just don’t have the accountability to stick with it. There are many reasons why individuals sometimes have trouble completing the 12 Steps while going to AA on their own. Guardian Recovery Network’s select 12-Step Immersion facilities help individuals get through the bulk of the steps in a structured environment while being supported by psychiatrists, therapists, counselors and other clients. We have found that working the steps this way before an individual has completely free reign of their life in the real world is extremely beneficial. Many of our clients have said that they tried to complete the 12 Steps and go to AA numerous times with no success. It’s not that AA didn’t work for them — it was just they needed a little extra help to follow through with working the steps of the program. That’s exactly what Guardian Recovery Network’s 12-Step Immersion process does.
In addition to helping clients get through the steps, we also encourage 12-step involvement in the outside world as a vital part of continuing care. This is because the “rooms of AA” are going to be the ongoing support network for our clients as they transition back into full, abundant lives outside of treatment.
An article published by the National Library of Medicine found that men and women who remained actively engaged in Alcoholics Anonymous 18 months after their initial treatment programs had concluded had rates of abstinence that were more than twice as high as men and women who failed to continue with AA after treatment. This is just one of many scientific studies that points toward the efficacy of AA as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan.