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SOBER LIFESTYLE CHOICES12-Step Program

When you work it, it works.

There’s something to be said about the phrase, “You get what you give.” Nothing brings this more testimony than when witnessing the recovery process for clients immersed in our 12-step drug and alcohol rehab in Scottsdale. While many people may focus on the physical and mental components of addiction treatment, it is the spiritual aspect of recovery that is the most difficult to grasp, accept and practice. The 12-step addiction recovery program provides the teachings that clients can rely on while in treatment and throughout their lifelong journey in sobriety.

Since its inception in 1939, the 12-steps program has helped millions worldwide, while positively impacting the families of loved ones who battle the disease of addiction each day. The 12-step program is more than a method towards attaining sobriety. It is a lifeline for hope and a guideline for living in gratitude, while growing a positive network of like-minded, spiritual-focused individuals who assist one another in staying their course of recovery.



ADDICTION IS POWERLESSIn a 12-Steps Program

Surrender to your path.

If you have a loved one addicted to prescription drugs, heroin, marijuana, club drugs, other street drugs, or alcohol, your circumstances are unique to you, though there are some similarities that every family experiences in the process. Until your partner, spouse, parent, sibling or child admits there is a substance abuse problem and accepts the help needed, the lies, deceit, and personal drama and trauma will continue.

The beauty of the 12-step program is in how, by deisgn, it understands the nature of addiction and all that goes with it. In order to effectively address this disease, accountability and associated action must be at the forefront of treatment. Originally founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, these same ideologies began as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); and, added Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous as well.


The Society for Sobriety

If you’re familiar with a 12-steps program or know someone who is involved, you may have heard that membership is available to anyone who simply wants to remove addiction from their life. But be ready to be accountable to your indiscretions and sharing them with others.

Following the tenets of 12-steps isn’t for the faint-of-heart. In fact, it works best when you bare your soul in a group setting. This allows the mind to purge ill-thoughts and guilt, while allowing others to provide commentary from a place of understanding, much like “I’ve been where you are.” Not each person will share at every meeting, though it’s encouraged and provides a safe space for honesty.

What 12-Steps for Rehab Isn’t

Reading through the original writings from AA and the 12 Steps, one might conclude that in order to truly follow the program, adapting to Christian-based religious beliefs is a requirement.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Acceptance Recovery Center utilizes a 12-step program because of its foundational tools. Each step provides a focus on a meaningful aspect of personal healing. Through the progression of each step, in sequential order, the ties to sobriety become stronger. In addition, those who adopt these teachings are further empowered to achieve other goals, left behind due to addiction, and help others do the same.

Our 12-Step program engages a personal, often forgotten spiritual connectivity with a higher power. What this means for each person can differ. Some people will defer to prior religious upbringing as a source for comfort and inspiration. Others, who may not identify with a specific religious practice, can draw upon a visualization of a higher self, either external or who they envision the best version of themselves to be.

Once each of us is clear from emotional and physical traumas brought about through ongoing drug and alcohol addiction, our innate ability to see personal power, and transform into someone much greater than we’ve ever imagined, is engaged.

Substance addiction keeps us down and holds us back. The 12-Steps program pushes us through to a clearer and more vibrant way of being. It’s a program that many of our staff members have lived by for years. We look forward to helping you, or your loved one, do the same.


12-STEPS TO FREEDOMBegin a Better Life Now

One day at a time. One step at a time.

Interpretation of what each step means, though basic in nature, will adjust per the individual. This is just one of many examples in how our 12-step program is defined and redefined for each client. The pace of addressing and completing each step is not a finite number, as every person’s path to sobriety comes with its own set of hills, valleys and roadblocks. Such is life.

Through these 12-steps, clients embrace the human, flawed sides of themselves and others. Moving past judgment there is only acceptance and the unfaltering will to keep going. This is the essence of recovery.

12 Steps towards Addiction Recovery

  1. Admitting powerlessness over drugs or alcohol—that life has become unmanageable.
  2. A power greater than ourselves will restore personal sanity.
  3. Turning our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.
  4. Searching of and taking a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitting to God, to ourselves, and others the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Ready for God to remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asking Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Making a list of all persons we harmed, and are willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Making direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continuing to take personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admitting it.
  11. Practicing prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand Him, and praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


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