12-Step Recovery: Why it Works

12-Step recovery programs focus on taking a newcomer through a series of steps so they can experience a spiritual awakening and develop a relationship with a higher power of their own understanding as a means of achieving and maintaining sobriety. The 12-Step recovery program began with Alcoholics Anonymous, but has proven to be so effective that it has extended into other problem areas. Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous, just to name a few, are all programs that use the 12 Steps as a program of recovery.
The Twelve Steps are designed to induce a spiritual experience, or entire psychic change, that causes someone suffering from the disease of addiction to find a power greater than themselves whom they can rely on as a way of maintaining sobriety. Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. The reason 12-Step recovery works where medical communities have failed is because 12-Step recovery programs address the spiritual aspect of the disease where others do not. The concept of the “spiritual awakening” comes from a conversation between famed psychiatrist Carl Jung and Rowland Hazard, a man who had been trying desperately to maintain sobriety. As recalled in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jung explained that Hazard had “the mind of a chronic alcoholic,” and had no chance of recovery, with one exception: “Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.” Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous, developed the twelve steps as a means of inspiring change in the “ideas, emotions, and attitudes” by addressing the causal factors of alcoholism and addiction. The problem of addiction and alcoholism is deeper than simply substance abuse, and requires one to go through a process of thorough self-examination and action in order to achieve and maintain sobriety. It works—it really does.

Your story can be one of recovery and healing of the mind, body, and spirit. You can begin the journey to freedom from addiction and alcoholism by reaching out for help today. Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment facility in beautiful Laguna Beach, offer inside and outside 12-Step meetings in the Residential Program, and can help you develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain permanent sobriety. For more information about treatment options, including Detox and Residential Treatment, please call today: (877) 279-1777