12 STEP FACILITATION
12 Step Facilitation includes client participation in weekly in-house 12 step study groups with community facilitators as well as daily attendance of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Wellbriety, Al-Anon, or other 12 step meetings.
Meetings provide a secure, readily available and consistent environment to continue to work on your recovery. In particular, these groups provide a support system that can offer stories of hope and reminders of the importance of working a recovery program.
After all, in the context of recovery from addiction, support groups have a specific purpose: to allow recovering addicts to work on their recovery and help others do the same. It’s a place where hope and a sense of purpose can begin to grow, and then flourish. Here are the primary reasons you might find attending meetings beneficial to your sobriety: Shared experiences, strength and hope. In support groups, there’s a collective strength — a collaboration of like-minded individuals all pursuing recovery and willing to help others who desire a sober life as well.
Here you’ll share experiences as well as provide encouragement and support to fellow group members. Help when you need it. Early recovery in particular can be a perilous time. Cravings and urges can, and often do, surface at any time. When that happens you really need the support of others who’ve been down the same road. In support groups, there are people who will help you reinforce your commitment to sobriety at the same time as they continue to encourage your efforts to withstand and overcome early recovery pitfalls.
Even if you’ve been clean and sober for some time, hearing stories of individuals who are new to the program or have relapsed can serve as reminders of the consequences of using again. Remember, addiction is a chronic disease, much like heart disease or diabetes, so you need to take steps to maintain your health even when you’re feeling strong. A place to listen and learn. Where else can you get access to so many real-life tips and techniques about what works and what doesn’t in sobriety? Granted, not every strategy works for everyone or all the time, but there’s always something to learn by listening to others share how they successfully tackled common issues and setbacks.
No judgment. One thing you shouldn’t find in a meeting is any form of judgment; it’s simply not part of the philosophy. Instead, the focus should be on honesty, fellowship and a sincere willingness to help newcomers and others struggling with sobriety and trying to establish a firm foundation of recovery. If you don’t find this environment at first, however, it’s important to keep trying different meetings until you find the right match for you. Meetings are free and available almost everywhere. If there’s not an in-person meeting near you when you need it you can almost certainly find one online.
In House Groups
A Man's Way Through the 12 Steps with Richard & Robert Line by Line with Big Al - An in depth study of the literature of Narcotics Anonymous including the Basic Text, the How & Why, and the Living Clean texts. This one hour weekly study group offers clients the chance to share on particular lines in the literature which relate specifically to their personal recovery and to hear from other group members in a more in depth and intimate setting than at a public meeting.
Big Book Study with Wade - This is a group study session. Using the original 12 step book (in it's most recently updated form) from Alcoholics Anonymous as a basis for clients to share with one another in a group setting and to learn about the history of the 12 steps and their origins. This is a weekly one hour group.