The 12 Step Philosophy
When helping clients with alcohol or addiction issues, Step One Recovery often works with the 12 Step philosophy which has been working successfully for millions of people around the world for over 80 years.
The 12 Step programme is a set of guiding principles, outlining a course of action in order to help people overcome addiction, compulsion or other behavioural problems. The 12 Steps were originally proposed by Bill Wilson and Dr Robert Holbrook Smith, the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in 1935 as a method of recovery from Alcoholism.
Over the years this method has been adapted and has become the foundation for many other 12 Step fellowships such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and Gambling Anonymous (GA) to name just a few. Contrary to popular belief, none of the 12 Step programmes are religious in any way and despite the use of the word ‘God’ in both the steps and accompanying literature, it is most definitely a spiritual programme with many self declared atheists enjoying the huge, life changing benefits on offer.
The process of working the steps is intended to replace often unrecognised self-centeredness with a growing moral consciousness and a willingness for self-sacrifice and unselfish constructive action. In 12 Step fellowships, a “spiritual awakening” is believed to develop, slowly over a period of time.
The 12 Step programme is largely centred on fellowship ‘meetings’ where people meet regularly and share their experience, strength and hope. Meetings are available all over the world and are free to attend. The programme is one of self admission, so no one is going to try and diagnose you if you attend a meeting. People with long term recovery often act as ‘sponsors’ to newcomers, to guide them through the 12 Steps and as such pass the message on.
Here at Step One we work with you to build a bespoke care plan, suited to your needs and wishes. With our luxurious surroundings, professional team of therapists and counsellors we can help unravel your troubles and aim to set you on a life long journey. One step at a time.