12-Step Therapy for Addiction


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With a proven track record, the 12 Steps have become a cornerstone in the recovery journey. At our clinic in South Kensington, we utilise different recovery techniques to battle the profound impact of addiction. The multifaceted profile of this therapeutic approach and its ability to guide people towards lasting sobriety and personal growth makes it a preferred one for many of our patients.

This page is a comprehensive resource, delving into the principles, practical tools, and supportive community that comes to life thanks to the powerful lessons taught while following the 12 steps.

What Are the 12 Steps of the AA?

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 a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

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 practice these principles in all our affairs.

With time, however, the purely religious essence has taken a turn and is now allowing for multiculturalism with God being replaced with any Power that can help you utilise the advice and exercises without limiting anyone when it comes to beliefs. This is why we base our work on spirituality and not religion.

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History of the 12 Steps

Originating in the 1930s, 12-step therapy has a rich and enduring history as a transformative approach to addiction recovery. The foundation of this therapy can be traced back to the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith. Drawing upon their personal experiences with alcoholism, they developed a programme based on spiritual principles and mutual support to achieve sobriety.

The original 12 steps, outlined in the “Big Book” of AA, provided a roadmap for people suffering from alcoholism to address their powerlessness over addiction, seek spiritual guidance, make amends, and support others in their recovery journey. As the success of AA grew, its principles were adapted to address other addictive behaviours, leading to the formation of groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Over the years, the 12-step model has continued to evolve and expand, incorporating insights from psychology, neuroscience, and counselling. It has become a widely embraced approach, offering a holistic framework encompassing recovery’s emotional, spiritual, and social dimensions. Today, 12-step therapy continues to be a vital resource, providing a supportive community, personal accountability, and a path towards sustained sobriety and personal growth.

How Does the 12-Step Model Work?

When we tell our patients that we trust the 12 steps, we often get asked many questions regarding the model and how it helps people heal from their compulsions. The 12-step model is a transformative approach to addiction recovery that recognises addiction as a complex disease and provides a structured framework for recovery. Each step encourages self-reflection, accountability, and positive change.

By working through the steps, you would gain insight into the root causes of your addiction, take responsibility for your actions, and make amends with people and emotions which you have been avoiding for the past years.

Spirituality is a crucial component, offering the opportunity to explore your own beliefs. The 12-step model can be applied to different types of addictions and helps achieve long-term sobriety, personal development, and better health.

Do the 12 Steps Work for Non-Alcoholics?

The benefit of 12-step therapy extends beyond alcoholics to all people struggling with various addictions. Whether it’s substance abuse, gambling, or compulsive behaviours, the principles and practices of the 12 steps provide valuable tools for recovery. By addressing underlying issues, fostering self-reflection, and encouraging accountability, the 12-step approach helps to gain insight, make positive changes, and build a supportive community.

Examples include Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for drug addiction, Gamblers Anonymous (GA) for gambling addiction, and Overeaters Anonymous (OA) for food-related addictions. The 12-step therapy model offers a comprehensive pathway to recovery for people facing diverse addiction challenges.

Benefits of the 12 Steps

The 12 steps are an invaluable tool in the fight against addiction, offering a unique approach to recovery that is holistic in nature and highly effective. Some of the major benefits of this programme include:

  • Deeper understanding of one’s own destructive behaviour

  • Acknowledgement of powerlessness over addiction and taking responsibility for one’s actions

  • Connection to a supportive community of like-minded individuals

  • Gaining insight into the underlying causes of addiction and developing strategies for managing emotions, stress, and triggers

  • Exploring spirituality as an important part of recovery

  • Fostering self-reflection and honest self-assessment

  • Building healthy relationships through open dialogue and communication

  • Taking active steps towards positive change

  • Creating a sustainable path towards long-term sobriety

Why Our Counsellors Use the 12 Steps

Our counsellors use the 12 steps because they provide a guide for personal growth and self-reflection. They help understand the causes of addiction and give tools to make positive changes. The 12 steps also emphasise the importance of support and community. We implement some of the best practices of this method in other therapies for addiction that are part of our outpatient programme offer.

Connecting with others who have similar experiences can be very helpful. Our counsellors are here to guide you through each step and offer support along the way. Recovery is possible, and we’re here to help you achieve it!

Can I Receive Online 12-Step Therapy?

Many of our patients ask if our online services include the 12 steps. While it is possible to get some sessions remotely, we strongly recommend participating in group meetings and sessions alongside your peers so that you can feel the non-verbal triggers and messaging sent during the sessions. They can be very enriching.

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Our addiction recovery team is ready to answer any questions you may have and provide personalised guidance through the steps necessary to begin your journey towards sobriety. Our screening methods offer a comprehensive approach to discovering the current state of your condition. We understand that battling addiction can be difficult, so we offer a supportive and understanding environment where you’ll feel comfortable sharing your story. With our team of professionals, we will work together to create a customised plan to assist you in your journey to recovery.

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