12 Step Treatment Meetings
The benefits of 12 step treatment are considerable. A family Intervention needs four things.
- A poorly person who is in denial.
- A group of very concerned others that have hit rock bottom in context of a person’s untreated addiction or alcoholism and need help to help.
- A treatment plan. Affordable, Available, Accessible, Appropriate.
- An Interventionist to guide you and facilitate the Family Intervention
The treatment will be carefully considered and matched to the clinical needs of the poorly person. At some point, most people need to consider using a 12 step program. lets look at what that is and the considerable benefits.
There are many specialist streams of recovery in 12 step meetings. Alcohol, gambling, drugs, co-dependency to name a few. For the purpose of this article, we will study the Alcohol 12 step program, however, the principles, ethics, program are consistent across all forms of addiction and specialist meetings. The 12 step programs start with a desire to stop drinking/using etc. Abstinence is targeted from the start. Then the real work starts. The programs all target a quality of life, a way of living that is so much better than that offered by the drink or drugs, and in many ways, a higher level of life experience than that had prior to developing a drug/gambling/alcohol problem etc.
What is the nature of the problem? Reflect on the question below. With honesty and willingness, answer the questions.
Technically, there is only one requirement for attendance at a 12 step meetings. Do you have a desire to stop drinking? If you answer yes, then you are able to attend. There are no forms, admission processes, bureaucracy of any type. You just attend. If you have conflicting thoughts about this desire, (most do) then a then a simple honest self assessment can assist in putting a perspective on this quandary.
Typical Self Assessment Questionnaire
- Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
- Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking– stop telling you what to do?
- Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk? We tried all kinds of ways. We made our drinks weak. Or just drank beer. Or we did not drink cocktails. Or only drank on weekends. You name it, we tried it. But if we drank anything with alcohol in it, we usually got drunk eventually.
- Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year? Do you need a drink to get started, or to stop shaking? This is a pretty sure sign that you are not drinking “socially.”
- Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble? At one time or another, most of us have wondered why we were not like most people, who really can take it or leave it.
- Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year? Be honest! Doctors say that if you have a problem with alcohol and keep on drinking, it will get worse — never better.
- Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
- Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough? Most of us used to have a “few” before we started out if we thought it was going to be that kind of party. And if drinks were not served fast enough, we would go some place else to get more.
- Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don’t mean to? Many of us kidded ourselves into thinking that we drank because we wanted to.
- Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
- Do you have “blackouts”? A “blackout” is when we have been drinking hours or days which we cannot remember.
- Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?
Now, ask your self this. Do I have a desire to stop drinking? If you do, then you have completed the one requirement to access and engage with the 12 step recovery program.