At Genesis Recovery San Diego, we believe participation in a 12-Step Program is imperative for permanent recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
12 Steps program meet and follow the 12 principles together. Also known as recovery support groups, these meetings have many benefits; a primary one being that they provide a chance for members to hear other member’s stories and compare it to their own. Sometimes a person may not think they have an addiction, but then come to realize they do after listening to another person’s experiences with addiction. The meetings are also an opportunity for members to see that addiction can affect anyone; including good people, with good jobs, and good families. Members can find a sense of comfort in these meetings by getting to know others who are going through the same thing, and realizing that they are not alone. The main idea behind 12 Step support groups is that it helps the members feel stronger by belonging to a group of people. While someone’s first reaction to addiction can be to deal with it on their own, it does not have to be an isolating process. 12 Step support group members to reach out and ask others for help. Additionally, members can witness how other members have recovered from addiction. Hearing that recovery is possible and listening to other member’s personal techniques and experiences can inspire and give confidence to the members trying to recover. It also provides firsthand insight into how following the simple principles of the 12 Steps promotes recovery.
12 Step support groups are a huge resource that members can access to see other people going through the same recovery process, and how others have handled certain situations. Some days a member might have an overwhelming desire to drink or use, and it will be beneficial to know how other people who have gotten past the urge. The meetings foster an open environment free of judgement, and full of understanding. Members sometimes have difficulty sharing their emotions, but the members in the 12 Step groups will never judge because they have heard it before and understand. Members can find peace and feel relieved in knowing their urges to use are normal. Being a member of a 12 Step program does not mean one is weak or powerless but instead shows their motivation to take control of their lives by acknowledging their addition and overcoming it. It is all about realizing they can end their addiction, and that they have the power to change their lives now so they do not relapse in the future. The 12 Steps encourages the members to take a look at their lives and see how the past does not have to be repeated; so they do not fall into the same traps in the future.
Besides providing a safe haven to go to, 12 Step support groups will also remind the members of the consequences of using. For example, after a member has been sober for a time, they can be tempted to use again because they feel they have more control than before. However, meetings can give the member the chance to hear the stories of people who have relapsed and have just come back. To get the most out of a 12 Step program, it is important for each member to actively participate and share with others in the program. Joining and staying committed is key to a successful recovery. It is an opportunity to help themselves individually, while also giving back to their community. Together, the members can move forward one step at a time.
Throughout their stay at Genesis Recovery Addiction Treatment Center, residents are guided and supported as they work to complete all 12 steps prior to their departure from the program. Our established alliances with the 12-Step fellowships throughout our county expand the pool of experience, strength and hope to countless others on the same path to permanent sobriety. Many men from the community volunteer their time to walk residents through their steps and share their own recovery experience in hopes of helping our residents achieve lasting recovery. With weekly visits to recovery-focused events around San Diego, residents have the opportunity to hear how others maintain a life of recovery, develop lasting friendships and learn healthy habits to prepare them for their transition back into society.