12-Step Implementation in Daily Life Practice
The 12-Steps are one of the most well-known treatment methodologies for addiction recovery. Why? Because the 12-Steps have been extensively studied and have shown to be a highly effective method for producing long-term sobriety.
According to a comprehensive study conducted by a Stanford School of Medicine researcher and his collaborators, the 12-Steps are the “most effective path to abstinence” currently known. For the study, the Stanford researchers evaluated 35 previously conducted studies involving the work of 145 scientists and the outcomes of 10,080 participants. Combining this collection of research, Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and his fellow investigators determined that the 12-Step methodology was nearly always found to be more effective than psychotherapy alone in achieving abstinence.
The 12 Steps are a program of action that hopefully leads to personal transformation. The goal of the 12-Steps is to help an individual change their ideas, attitudes, beliefs and actions in order to become more selfless, loving and sober individuals.
Behind each step is a key principle for living. These principles include: honesty, hope, surrender, courage, integrity, willingness, humility, love, responsibility, discipline, awareness and service. In some of our IOP programs, our clients have the opportunity to actively work the 12-Steps with a 12-Step mentor and learn to apply their principles to their daily lives.
During this module clients participate in 12-Step workshops, learn to create social connections and build a recovery community, discover the importance of being of service to others, and learn skills to prevent relapse.
Not all clients resonate with working the 12-Steps. For those clients we offer the opportunity to learn about and participate in other recovery communities such as Rational Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery and SMART Recovery.
Our health and wellness module focuses on the eight domains of wellness. The eight domains of wellness include occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual wellness. The goal is to seek the highest level of wellness in all eight areas of an individual’s life. If any one area is particularly challenging, it can deeply affect a person’s overall wellness. We teach life skills necessary for improving wellness. Some examples might be nutrition counseling, career coaching, budget balancing, vocational training and social skills.
In this module we also utilize holistic therapies including breathwork, yoga, reiki (energy healing), acupuncture, mindfulness and meditation. These holistic healing methods increase the mind-body connection, sharpen an individual’s self-awareness, build a spiritual connection and promote inner serenity. These methods are particularly good at reducing stress, decreasing impulsivity, regulating emotions and helping individuals develop a sense of self.