Addiction recovery is an ongoing process. It takes time to heal the body and mind, overcome problematic behaviors, and embrace new habits and routines.  Having a strong support system is essential to preventing relapse and maintaining accountability and motivation in recovery. Addiction treatment at CareForward Health is rooted in the principles of the 12 steps, a program that fosters support and continued growth in long-term recovery. However, clients we are glad to work with clients who prefer alternative tracts such as SMART Recovery and others.  

Generally, our addiction treatment incorporates the philosophy of the 12-steps and assists clients in building a solid foundation for sobriety and change. Participation in 12-step meetings and support groups helps clients to work through each step and understand the impact on their recovery and life moving forward. A sponsor guides clients through this process and offers support and insight. At CareForward Health, clients are involved in a 12-step recovery program as part of the comprehensive care they receive. It complements other evidence-based therapies and activities to promote long-term recovery.

What are the 12 Steps?

Twelve-step programs are widely recognized not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Two of the most common are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). These programs bring together men and women in recovery to share their successes, struggles, and strategies. Regular attendance helps clients to create network of support with others who understand the challenges they face firsthand.

As the name implies, there are 12 steps to the program which clients work through at their own speed. These steps guide them in living healthier, more productive lives free from addiction. The principles of each step can be applied to any type of addition:

  1. We admitted we are powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all 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 through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

In addition to AA and NA meetings for clients in recovery, there are also meetings geared toward families. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are groups for family members and friends, and Alateen and Narateen are for teenagers who have parents in recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction.

CareForward Health’s 12-Step Program

CareForward Health follows the 12-step program philosophy because it fosters accountability and connection with a higher power while complementing other treatment approaches. These are very powerful tools in addiction recovery. Clients are encouraged to attend regular 12-step meetings while in day treatment or intensive outpatient treatment and as part of their aftercare planning. Ongoing attendance reinforces the skills learned in treatment and promotes continued abstinence from drugs and alcohol. By connecting with others in recovery, clients build a peer support system that they can access anytime, anywhere.