12 Step Programs Near Me

The 12-Step program was developed by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob in 1935. It was first used by Alcoholics Anonymous(AA), an international aid fellowship devoted to abstinence and recovery from alcoholism through its Twelve Step program.


What is the 12-Step Program?

The 12-Step program is a procedure of recovery created to help individuals overcome addictions and compulsions. The model was created so that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substance abuse. 

The program also maintains that healing only comes when people with addictions surrender to a higher power. This higher power however doesn’t have to be the Christian version of God, it can be the community of the 12-step meetings, the universe, or a unique version of a higher power fit enough for your spirituality.



What are The 12 Steps?

The 12-Steps for substance abuse recovery are as follows:

1. Honesty

After several years of denial, the first step to recovery is by admitting that you’re powerless over the addiction to drugs, alcohol, or other substances a person is addicted to. 

2. Faith

The moment when you can admit a higher power greater than you can help you overcome your addiction

3. Surrender

You can achieve this by taking a personal inventory of yourself and changing all your self-destructive decisions.

4. Soul Searching

In this step, you must identify your problems, and admit them to God and the people around you.

5. Integrity

This step provides an opportunity for growth. You should be ready to have God correct every one of your shortcomings.

6. Acceptance

Accept all your character defects exactly as they are and be willing to let them go.

7. Humility

This stage is all about seeking a higher power to assist you in accomplishing something that you can’t do all on your own.

8. Willingness

This involves creating a list of folks you’ve wronged and being prepared to make amends.

9. Forgiveness

Make direct amends to persons you have fallen out with, as this can help with your recovery. You are only exempted from this if your making direct contact with that person will harm them in any way.

10. Maintenance

Keep seeking enlightenment through prayer and meditation to help improve your conscious contact with God. Also, pray for the power to carry out the will of God.

11. Making Contact

The key to step 11 is to purposely make contact with the higher power through prayer and meditation and discover the plans for your life.

12. Service

This step is where you spread the good news of the 12 Steps program to others in need. Having fully experienced a spiritual awakening after carrying out all the Steps mentioned above.

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Variations on the 12 Steps

From the inception of the program with AA, the Steps have been accepted and altered by many groups to fit different programs – for addiction treatment and otherwise. Groups like Narcotics Anonymous, use the steps exactly as they were created by the AA. Others have adjusted the steps to fit their own needs and cultures. Some of them are:

  1. Cocaine Anonymous (CA): This is a twelve-step program created for people who strive to recover from cocaine addiction.
  2. Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA): This is a recovery program for people facing eating disorders.
  3. Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA): This is a program focused on helping food addicts recover from food addiction.
  4. Gamblers Anonymous (GA): This program is focused on helping people who have a compulsive gambling problem.

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Alternatives to the 12-Step Model

Several alternatives to AA have been in existence for a while, and they are more secular in nature. These alternatives to the 12-Step program will ask you to find motivation within yourself and learn internal control rather than seeking power from a higher source.

Some of the most used alternatives to 12-Step programs are:

  1. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery
  2. Secular Organizations for Sobriety (S.O.S.)
  3. Moderation Management
  4. Evidence Based & Science Based Treatments
  5. Holistic Therapies
  6. Women for Sobriety

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Get Started On Your Recovery Journey

The NewVista programs are inclusive and support the 12 steps along with other alternative recovery groups integrated with evidence-based therapies and medication management. Taking the first step takes willingness and courage. Don’t be afraid to reach out to our recovery advisors for a no-commitment conversation.

Our Continuum Of Care

First Step
Individual Assessment
It is helpful to know when you or a loved one should seek treatment for addiction at an addiction treatment center. Of course, you cannot know when it’s time to seek treatment unless you know what signs to look for.
First Step
The Road To Recovery
Medical Detox
Medical detox is a supervised detoxification program. A medical team is present 24/7 to help someone manage their withdrawal symptoms and monitor their physical and emotional health. Many substances lead to a dangerous detox so our medical teams are prepared to handle emergencies. Medications are administered to alleviate symptoms and keep someone from having an emergency.
The Road To Recovery
Continue Recovery
Upon successful completion of detox, many people move into residential care. This is when people use therapies to get to the root of their problem and help them heal. This includes private psychotherapy and group therapy. We teach them new coping skills and essentially prepare them for life outside of a rehab setting.
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Flexible Options
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
For some people, the next step is partial hospitalization. This is where they spend the day at our facility and partake in our therapies and groups. We continue helping them with coping skills and healing from past issues. We also work on aftercare planning for when they no longer need to be in a facility. Each night, the person goes home and each morning they are submitted to a substance screening.
Flexible Options
Personalized Support
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Intensive outpatient is for those who have left partial hospitalization and need a strong outpatient program. They come several times a week for group therapies, personal psychotherapy, and other support groups as needed. We also check in with them on how their new life is going and help them overcome issues that sometimes arise.
Personalized Support
Conveniently located
Our treatment team collaborates with additional community providers to ensure ongoing outpatient care once discharged from our programs.
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Post Recovery
Once people have completed our programs, we have alumni care. Support groups continue to ensure that each person has a supportive network in their lives. This may be special events or a 12-step group.
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