12-Step: An Integral Part of Recovery
The 12-step program was originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) more than 75 years ago. Since then, it has helped innumerable people gain insight into their addiction and find group support to stay sober. The program centers around group meetings, during which participants can share their stories, thoughts, and feelings.
The central tenets of the 12-step program include abstinence, personal accountability, honesty, awareness, and connection to a higher power. The steps are meant to be completed sequentially, and they include taking a personal moral inventory, making amends, and praying/meditating.
Studies have shown that greater involvement in 12-step meetings predicts better sobriety outcomes over time. While 12-step is historically one of the most effective programs for helping people stay sober, success depends on an individual’s commitment to his or her own recovery.
RECO Institute utilizes the 12-step principles in our programs, and we strongly encourage clients to attend 12-step meetings every day during their first 90 days of recovery. We believe that 12-step meetings are an essential part of recovery and sobriety maintenance.