The Therapia approach to recovery is based on the twelve step program originated by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1952. While this system was originally developed to treat alcoholism, it has since been adapted and proven effective in treating all types of addiction. Here at Therapia, we’ve taken the core of this philosophy and added to it based on our years of experience in helping others overcome their addiction problems.

In order to better understand our approach, we’ve created a list of the original twelve steps and reasons why they are important to our program. We hope that you’ll gain a better understanding of the twelve step program and why its so effective.

The Twelve Step Program:

    1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

The first step is admittance. It may sound simple, but the reality is that addiction is a deceptive disease. Often times, the impossible circle that the disease creates results because individuals believe that they are “in control” of their addictions. In order for individuals to make a lasting recovery, they must acknowledge that their disease is a lifelong struggle.

    1. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

It is because of the deceptive nature of addiction that many individuals can develop feelings of hopelessness and despair in the face of an enemy that always seems one step ahead. The way to face this destructive force is to know that there is an opposite and equally powerful force that empowers us against the darkness. It is through faith in this constructive force of good that recovery is possible.

    1. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

At times, recovery can seem darker than the addiction itself. Sometimes, this can make us question our faith and misplace our frustrations. It is important to remember that part of the deception of addiction is that it masks our pain. In the early stages of recovery, that pain can be overwhelming. Perhaps we may feel that such suffering could not be apart of God’s plan, but we must remember that we can not fully understand this plan and strength will come from being humbled.

    1. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

This can be one of the most difficult steps in recovery. As the veil of addiction is removed, we will see ourselves as we have not been seen in a long time. It may see as though we are accepting the faults and consequences of someone completely foreign to who we are, but this is seeing with clarity. Our past actions will take on a new perspective and the negativity can sometimes be overwhelming, but we don’t have to bear this burden alone.

In our program, we connect individuals at different stages in recovery in order to alleviate the stress of this difficult step. Having peers who are locked in the same struggle also creates accountability and comradery. These relationships are healthy as individuals bond to overcome a struggle, instead over their common addictions.

    1. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

As the shadow of addiction lifts further, individuals must confront the full reality of their addiction. Peers will keep us honest and offer support. Faith in God is the faith that we will be given the strength to fully accept the consequences of our actions. While many actions that are committed under the influence of addiction are not the actions we would ever take outside of addiction, they are still actions that we are responsible for.

    1. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Through faith in God we will come to recognize the difference between our true self and the influence of addiction. Continued faith will create the opportunity for us to work on our character defects and overcome them to become a better person.

    1. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

As the addiction begins to wane and our faith continues to grow, we will develop the strength to overcome our shortcomings and character defects. When we reach this point, we can ask God to deliver us from these troubles with humility.

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

Recovery will not erase our past actions or the consequences they’ve created. While it is impossible to address everyone that was made to suffer at the hands of our addictions, it is important to fully accept responsibility and be willing to make amends for everything we’ve done.

    1. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

The willingness to make amends does not guarantee the right or the opportunity. There are many reasons why we may not be able to reconcile with someone that was harmed by our addiction. In this step it is important to consult peers and counselors from the program to help weigh the risks and benefits of trying to reconcile with the past. When we are unable to fully make amends we must turn to our faith and know that his is part of a larger plan that we do not understand in the moment.

    1. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Recovery is not an instant moment. It is a long process that will ultimately make us better people. However, along the way, we will make mistakes. Being conscious of our mistakes and accountable to them when they occur is a great strength, not a weakness. Learning how to deal with these mistakes in a healthy manner is one of the results of recovery.

    1. 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.

The difficulties of recovery are numerous. Many have already been described above, but in totality, these are only some of the realities that those in recovery must face. The deception of addiction is always in wait. We must put our faith in God and know that even when things are difficult in a moment, he is giving us the strength to navigate a larger path towards a better life.

    1. 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.

Through faith and the strength granted by God, individuals will develop a completely new perspective on life. This enlightenment comes from having the faith to overcome one of the most deceptive and destructive diseases known to man. We encourage those in our program to work with each other in order to develop these principles further in more areas of their lives.

Therapia’s approach to the 12 Steps

Don’t let yourself or a loved one suffer from this terrible affliction any longer. If you or anyone you know is dealing with addiction in their life contact us right away. We have resources and contacts that are able to help with addiction at all stages. We also offer resources for those who have been affected by the addictions of others. Our goal is to help all those who have been hurt by addiction in any form. Come and see what makes Therapia different and effective.