The History of the 12 Steps in the Addiction Recovery Process

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Pennsylvania

You don’t have to be in recovery to know what a twelve-step program is. Created by Bill W. and Dr. Bob, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, “The 12 Steps” were an outline for alcoholics to follow, to help them on their path to recovery. Today, the 12-Step model has been adapted by recovery and rehabilitation specialists, and serves as a guide not only for alcohol addiction, but for drug and substance-abuse addiction recovery programs throughout the country.

At Little Creek Lodge, our programs are based on this 12-Step model. We treat addiction on the physical, spiritual and mental level, offering a comprehensive treatment program for substance abuse. Through our recreational and creative programs, combined with customized clinical care, we are able to give residents the time and space they need to rediscover themselves, and empower themselves to make good choices for a healthy, sober lifestyle.

The Twelve Steps

These are the 12 Steps as originally worded in “The Big Book:”

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Surrender is about empowering yourself

The road to recovery can be difficult. At Little Creek Lodge, we provide a safe and healthy environment for young men in need of inpatient drugs and alcohol addiction recovery services. To learn more, please call 877-659-1345, or fill out our contact form, and schedule an interview or a visit to our facility in Pennsylvania.

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Little Creek Lodge
359 Easton Turnpike
Hamlin, PA 18427