We offer both 12-step groups and 12-step alternatives as part of our personalized approach to mental health and drug rehab. Clients are introduced to both types of groups and can choose which approach most resonates with them. The 12 Step Program The first of the mutual help groups, the 12 Steps started in 1939 with Alcoholics Anonymous. Since that time a number of 12-step groups have emerged. Some of these include: \tAlcoholics Anonymous (AA) \tNarcotics Anonymous (NA) \tCocaine Anonymous (CA) \tCodependents Anonymous (CoDA) \tGamblers Anonymous (GA) \tOvereaters Anonymous (OA) \tSexaholics Anonymous (SA) \tAl-Anon and Nar-Anon (groups for family members of addicted people) Based on \u201cAlcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism,\u201d or \u201cThe Big Book,\u201d the 12 Steps to sobriety are based on the following principles: \tAdmitting powerlessness over substance abuse and other compulsive behaviors \tAsking for forgiveness and strength from a higher power \tWorking with a sponsor (another member who\u2019s been in recovery longer) \tIdentifying and making amends for past mistakes \tAdopting a new, sober lifestyle based on the 12-step principles \tGiving back by helping others Though 12-step groups are widely known for their focus on a higher power, people with all types of beliefs have adapted the teachings to fit their needs. 12-Step Alternatives Non-12-step groups like SMART Recovery\u00ae are for people who don\u2019t relate to the 12 Steps but still understand the need for a peer-based recovery group. Established in the early 1990s, SMART Recovery takes a more secular approach to sobriety, draws heavily on self-empowerment, and evolves with scientific research on addiction and behavioral health issues. While abstinence is still the goal, SMART Recovery makes room for people wherever they are on their path to sobriety and self-improvement. Instead of moving through steps, SMART Recovery meetings, readings, and exercises are based on four points: 1) Building and maintaining motivation 2) Coping with urges 3) Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors 4) Living a balanced life SMART Recovery draws on research-based approaches like\u00a0cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive therapy, the stages of change model,\u00a0acceptance and commitment therapy, and\u00a0motivational interviewing. Benefits of Support Groups Whether you prefer a 12-step or non-12-step approach, regularly attending a peer-based support group can strengthen your recovery. In fact, recent\u00a0research\u00a0shows that 12-step programs like AA and 12-step alternatives like SMART Recovery have very similar success rates. Some benefits of support groups include: \tConnection with people sharing similar struggles and achievements \tMotivation and inspiration through group teachings and others\u2019 stories \tHelp to address triggers \tA safe, supportive space to share openly and honestly \tAccountability in recovery \tGetting different perspectives on problems \tPreventing feelings of isolation in recovery \tGaining insight into issues by sharing and hearing from others Recovery Is in Reach with a 12 Step Addiction Program When you're ready to begin with a 12 step program, you're ready to reach out to Promises Treatment Centers. Call us today at to learn more about our programs and treatment approaches.