The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
- 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.
We applaud your decision to seek out drug and alcohol treatment, and we are here to help you every step of the way. The process of attaining and maintaining sobriety can seem daunting for you, especially as you have just made the decision to get professional help. The truth is that you are about to accomplish one of the most challenging and fulfilling life changes that any single person can experience.
Reuniting with Family and Friends
Chances are that many relationships were strained while you were struggling with your opiate or suboxone addiction. For many clients just like you, one primary focus once completing residential treatment is to reach out to those hurt by your past addiction and make amends. We suggest that you take some time with your loved ones and listen to what they experienced while you were at your lowest. This may help you sort through your emotions as well, and open doors to healing.
Engage in New Activities
For most recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, the time spent focused on your next high or drink reduced any energy or time involved in healthy activities. While in our residential treatment program, you learned new skills and enjoyed experiential therapies such as painting, surfing, ocean swimming and rock climbing. Perhaps you have developed a love for art and it has become an outlet for your emotions. Maybe you have discovered that you have a love for learning and want to go back to school. Whatever it happens to be, we encourage you to stretch yourself and set out to achieve your goals.
Exercise and Diet are Key
During drug and alcohol detox, your body went through a deep cleansing of sorts. As a result of extended addictions, many come to our center malnourished. Our bodies are so resilient and once we begin to eat well, drink plenty of water and incorporate exercise, results can be incredible. This is not an overnight process. Extreme malnutrition can take weeks or even months of dietary maintenance before organs and body systems recover. You have learned about the importance of nutrition while in our care, so you should be maintaining your health well.
Spiritual retreats allow you to get away from the busyness you may be experiencing following residential treatment in Orange County. Research has shown that when we take time away and stay connected to thoughts and emotions, we are mentally better off. Some spiritual retreats last for a day, and others for a weekend or more depending on your availability to fit time away in your recovery schedule. The ability to focus on prayer and meditation can bring a sense of peace that you may not have experienced in a long time.