Do 12-Step Programs Work?

12 Step Programs MFI Mt RubidouxAddiction doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a step-by-step process. So is recovery. With this in mind, the staff at MFI help clients every step of the way, from detox, through residential and/or outpatient treatment and even after program completion. And one of the tools they rely on to do this is 12-step philosophies.

“Addiction isn’t a substance problem. It’s a life problem, says Robert Kreiss, RADT and Lead Counselor II at the Mt Rubidoux location. “Whether they’re aware of it or not, people who use are trying to numb themselves. We work with clients to help them come up with a healthy step-by-step strategy to manage their lives. 12-Step programs can really help.”

Kreiss, who goes by Bobby, knows what he is talking about. He struggled with addiction for years before finally surrendering to the process. In and out of treatment seven times, estranged from family, homeless, facing associated health problems as well as court charges (which were ultimately dismissed), he says he continued to fail because he was trying to fix the problem himself. Finally, five years ago, he experienced a moment of clarity.Addiction Treatment MFI Recovery Mt Rubidoux

“Someone pointed out that my best thinking got me where I was. Clearly, if I wanted to improve, I needed help.”

12-Step programs start with the premise that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from the substances or behaviors to which they are addicted.

“I’m a firm believer that there is no one single way to get clean,” Bobby explains.“But the thing all successful recovery programs have in common is that they connect you with other people.”

12-Step ProgramsBobby notes that 12-Step programs are easy to continue after treatment because the program is the largest and most successful in the world. Meetings are free and available pretty much anywhere, which Bobby says is extremely convenient.

“I still go several times a week and talk to my sponsor every day.”

What are the 12 Steps?12-Step Programs

  1. Admit we were powerless over the abused substance, to the point that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (For Bobby, who is not religious, this power became other people.)
  3. Decide to turn our will and our lives over to the care of that power.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to work to remove defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked for help to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought to improve our consciousness through prayer or meditation, seeking knowledge and power to carry that out.
  12. Having had an awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Connections and RecoveryConnections

Connecting clients to support groups outside of their residential treatment plan is crucial to their success once they leave the inpatient program. That’s why field trips to 12-Step and other support groups are part of MFI treatment plans. What’s more, Mt Rubidoux and other MFI Recovery Centers boast healthy alumni groups, filled with people who are thrilled to share their stories to help others.

“Without healthy support groups to connect with once they are outside of the program, clients are likely to return to their previous group of friends. When they do, their risk of relapse is extremely high,” Bobby notes. “That’s why we make it a priority to start those connections while clients are still in treatment. These programs not only offered me friendship. They saved my life.”Recovery Connections Riverside

About MFI Recovery

Throughout ten facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model for each individual client, creating a personalized treatment program. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-step recovery program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment.

About Mt Rubidoux

Road to recovery Rehab Mt Rubidoux Riverside

Our treatment center provides services to people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Located in the shadow of Mt. Rubidoux in the City of Riverside, we provide structured and supportive addiction treatment in semi-private, comfortable apartment-style setting. Monitored by professional addiction specialists 24 hours a day, our modern apartments offer a haven for healing during the rehab process. Living and recovering in our Mt. Rubidoux residential treatment facility means becoming healthy again. Our clients receive intensive treatment and learn new, healthy strategies to sustain recovery. To find out more, call today 866-218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at 951-683-6596.

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