12 Steps Treatment Program

Posted October 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm

After years and years of the doctors and psychotherapists trying to cure alcoholism and addiction and failing, the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous were born. The famous psychologist Dr. Carl Jung, after numerous attempts to cure alcoholics of their alcoholism, determined that alcoholism is essentially a spiritual thirst which requires a spiritual solution. After years of clinical psychologist training, I have come to believe in the therapeutic benefits of the 12 Steps more than ever. The recovery process has become America’s cultural version of an initiation right into womanhood and manhood. The 12 Steps are a purging process where a person learns to abolish the False Self and discover the True Self. It spiritual essence of the 12 Steps is based on a unique paradox. For Example: The person (in Step One) admits powerlessness to gain power. In the next two steps, a person gains hope that there is solution to their problem. The next six steps are designed to carefully and systematically take responsibility for their alcoholism and/or addiction. The person rebuilds relationships and learns how to create new healthy relationships. In Steps 4 through 9, a person thoroughly examines the sum of their life choices up until that point and confronts longstanding issues from their past. It is the most therapeutic experience I have ever known, studied, or observed in my 11 years of education and recovery. The remaining three steps (Steps 1o, 11, and 12) are designed to help the alcoholic and/or addict maintain their recovery on a daily basis for the rest of their lives. It is the best therapy for addiction and alcoholism ever developed.
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