20 Ways That You Can Work a Program of Recovery
A program of recovery can refer to 12 step programs or generally working to better yourself in recovery, no matter how far along you are into sobriety. The 12 steps provide a program of recovery from alcohol, narcotics, eating disorders, gambling, and the list goes on. Alcoholic’s Anonymous originally coined the 12 step approach as a guide for alcoholics in recovery, to help them maintain sobriety and better themselves as people in society.
The 12 steps are plans of action to continue addiction treatment, inside or outside of a treatment setting. Based upon the original 12 steps of recovery from Alcoholic’s Anonymous, the 12 steps are as follows:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol— that our lives had become unmanageable
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
- Made direct amends wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs
These 12 steps are practiced by all who are immersed in a 12-step program of recovery. Those in 12-step groups of any 12 step program of recovery (like Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambler’s Anonymous, etc.) meet in support group settings called “meetings”— which are available globally and at almost any time through out the day. Because of the wide availability of 12 step program meetings, it is highly recommended to join a 12 step program of recovery.
Addiction recovery all starts in a medical detox center, to safely and comfortably remove a substance or substances from the body. Our medical detox facilities provide medication-assisted treatment and 24/7 supervision from medical professionals. Our treatment center Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5, offers residential inpatient addiction treatment— where guests will learn a skill set, the tools to build a successful life in sobriety, and learn how to balance life and recovery in a safe, supportive environment. Our treatment approach combines behavioral therapies, group therapies, individual therapy, adventure therapy, activity therapy, and equine therapy to treat any alcohol or substance use disorder. Our treatment programs at Royal Life Centers include: medical detox, residential inpatient, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing.
Living a program of recovery is more than just abstinence from drugs and alcohol,
here are 20 ways that you can work a program of recovery:
- get a sponsor
- build a sober support network that you can reach out to for support
- go to meetings
- get a home-group (a meeting of AA or NA that you become a declared member of)
- set up regular appointments with a therapist
- schedule regular check ups with a doctor to manage your mental health
- stay self-aware and right your wrongs continuously
- attend alumni events after completing treatment
- help others who are struggling with addiction
- offer to speak at AA, NA, GA, etc. meetings to inspire strength and hope
- participate in community service
- reach out when you need help
- work with your case manager to set up aftercare options
- join an outpatient program
- continuously make healthy choices
- discover your hobbies and practice healthy habit-making
- become willing to set boundaries with people, places and things that are harmful to your sobriety
- join a support group for addiction or any co-occuring disorders
- practice activities that provide spiritual growth
- continue to grow your relationship with your higher power
Royal Life Centers provides guidance in achieving lasting sobriety, for a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Our guests enjoy a range of services that prepare them for lifelong sobriety. Our guests each work with a case manager to develop their own treatment plan in addition to creating a program of recovery upon completing our program(s). We provide the tools for our guests to build successful lives in sobriety, and guide our guests to discover what makes them truly happy. We encourage participation in structured programs of recovery, like 12-step programs. Our facilities offer transportation to and from various meetings for our guests to enjoy. We also teach guests how to build a sober support network, in addition to being able to work all of the suggestions listed above.
For more information about Royal Life Centers, or the programs of addiction treatment that we offer, please reach out to us at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 534-9140. Our team of addiction specialists are here to help you 24/7. Because We Care.