Rehabilitation is the most widely used treatment for substance abuse and substance addiction. It offers an addict a time to recover from their addiction without anyone present in their life that will cause them to want to use or possibly relapse. By definition rehabilitation is then term used for the processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and so called street drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamines. Rehabilitation uses cognitive treatments and physical therapeutic treatments to enable the recovering addict to come clean from their addiction and learn new things to take the place of the negative things (drugs) that were once in their life.
Most all rehabilitation programs work using 12 step programs that allow the addict a chance to ease into their new life as a recovered addict. Those common twelve steps are:
- 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 to such people 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 knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Other twelve-step groups have modified the twelve steps slightly from those of Alcoholics Anonymous to refer to problems other than alcoholism.
These twelve steps are the original 12 steps that originated from Alcoholics Anonymous. Their success was so high, that the hundreds of rehabilitation centers across the United States incorporated them into all addiction rehabilitation cases.
If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, contact your local 12 step rehabilitation center today.