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The Benefits of a 12-Step Program

by on Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Many 12-Step programs have been around for decades and have a proven history of success. One of the oldest 12-Step programs is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but not everyone who needs a 12-Step program has problems with alcohol. 

There are many other addictions, including drug addiction, over-eating addictions, eating disorders, gambling and sex addictions, social media addictions, and online gaming addictions. There may not be local meetings available for every single addiction, but the steps are basically the same and can work for any addiction if worked faithfully.

Why Do 12-Step Programs Work?

One of the reasons they work is because they provide a “sober” environment for those attending meetings. The other thing that makes a sober community important for meeting attendees is that they are great places for people with addictions to meet each other. When a person begins their road to recovery, they can find socializing with their friends challenging because they may participate in things the person in recovery is trying to break away from. Like-minded people gather at 12-Step meetings, providing a place to make new friends.

Advantages of 12-Step Programs

A huge advantage of these programs is that they are everywhere. Whether you need to attend meetings at different times of the day or different days of the week, you’re more than likely to find a meeting nearby where you can attend. They’re also everywhere across the country, so whether you’ve recently relocated or you’re simply traveling for work or a vacation, you can easily find a meeting. 

Because not all addictions are represented as prevalently by 12-Step programs like AA or Overeaters’ Anonymous, it may be a bit more challenging to find in-person meetings. Checking for a local meeting online for your specific addiction is one way to find something near you. There are also many meetings offered online for people who live in places where there may not be a 12-Step program for their addiction.  

Other advantages include the fact that 12-Step programs help people maintain their sobriety, thereby achieving greater success in their recovery. Because they give people a place to be at a specific day and time, it adds some additional structure to their lives. Finally, after you’ve been in recovery for a while, you may be asked to sponsor someone. Doing so can give you an additional sense of purpose and service to your community.

If you have an addiction and want to find a 12-Step program to attend, talk to your therapist—that is, if seeing a counselor—or search online. If you don’t have a counselor and you think you could benefit from professional therapy, there’s no time like the present to find one. Counselors at Restorations Therapy are well-suited to help patients every step of the way in their recovery process, including helping them stay on track with their 12-Step program. Call us at (720) 446-6585 at any time and on any day to see how we can help you on your road to recovery.

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