The 12-step philosophy is a community effort of recovery that has helped millions of people. The process takes time and is a big commitment but is life transforming. Along the way:
- You realize that recovery is possible.
- You learn other people’s recovery techniques.
- You won’t be judged.
- You’re reminded of the consequences of using.
- You have a safe place to go.*
Because of the effectiveness of the 12-step program, New Life requires outside 12-step meeting attendance of all clients in our Intensive Outpatient Program and Continuum of Care. The meetings are free, universally accessible in almost every community, and available to the addict as well as to family members.
Some of the outside meetings that we recommend are AA, NA, CDA, Smart Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery. By attending these meetings and working through the 12-step program, clients not only learn how to maintain their sobriety, they find out how to live a more purposeful life. They learn how to give their lives order, how to respect themselves, and ultimately how to take responsibility for their lives. The 12-step process gives clients a chance to love themselves again.
*List adapted from www.addictionsandrecovery.org.