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12 Steps to Recovery for Addiction

12-step programs are powerful peer support groups that help people recover from substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and sometimes other co-occurring mental health conditions. 12-step programs also help people achieve and maintain abstinence from substances. Though 12-step programs aren’t the right tool for everyone, they do tend to help those struggling with substance abuse issues acquire new coping skills, feel the support and acceptance of a loving community, transition into sobriety, and foster long-term recovery from addiction.

What is the 12-Step Program?

The 12-Step program, first developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous, is a 12-step plan in order to overcome addictions and compulsions. The basic premise of this model is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substances of abuse, but that healing cannot come about unless people with addictions surrender to a higher power. This higher power doesn’t need to be a traditional Christian version of God – it can be as simple as the community of the 12-step meetings, the universe, or a different version of a higher power fit for your type of spirituality.

The 12-Step movement can be a powerful and helpful force for many people, but some people struggle with what they interpret as a strong religious element of the program. Many addiction treatment programs offer alternatives to 12-Step methodology for those who prefer a more secular foundation for treatment.

Twelve-Step programs remain a commonly recommended and used treatment modality for various types of addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) in its National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services from 2013, 12-Step models are used, at least occasionally, by approximately 74 percent of treatment centers.1

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What are The 12 Steps?

The 12 Steps, as outlined in the original Big Book and presented by AA are:2

  1. Admitting powerlessness over the addiction
  2. Believing that a higher power (in whatever form) can help
  3. Deciding to turn control over to the higher power
  4. Taking a personal inventory
  5. Admitting to the higher power, oneself, and another person the wrongs done
  6. Being ready to have the higher power correct any shortcomings in one’s character
  7. Asking the higher power to remove those shortcomings
  8. Making a list of wrongs done to others and being willing to make amends for those wrongs
  9. Contacting those who have been hurt, unless doing so would harm the person
  10. Continuing to take personal inventory and admitting when one is wrong
  11. Seeking enlightenment and connection with the higher power via prayer and meditation
  12. Carrying the message of the 12 Steps to others in need

The History of the 12-Step Program

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) originated the idea for the 12-Step model in 1938, when founder Bill Wilson wrote out the ideas that had been developing through his experience with and vision of alcoholism. He wrote about the positive effects experienced when people struggling with alcoholism shared their stories with one another.

Wilson wrote his program in what has become known as the Big Book. As explained in historical information from the AA site itself, the steps were developed through synthesizing concepts from a few other teachings he had encountered, including a six-step program espoused by an organization called the Oxford Group.3

In their original form, the 12 Steps came from a spiritual, Christian inspiration that sought help from a greater power as well as from peers suffering from the same addiction struggles.3

The Big Book was originally written as a guide for people who couldn’t attend AA fellowship meetings, but it soon became a model for the program in general. It has since been adopted as a model for a wide range of addiction peer-support and self-help programs designed to help drive behavioral change. In addition to the original Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group, various offshoots now exist, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA). 3

Given the current isolation in the country due to COVID-19, AAC has launched Virtual Support Meetings to help you stay connected. We also offer a private Facebook Group for those who need more virtual peer support; please join to be kept up to date on future meetings and to connect with those in recovery.

The 12-Step Practice

How Long Do 12-Step Programs Take?

The average length of time it takes for someone to work through the 12 steps once can vary. Many 12-step sponsors encourage sponsees and newcomers in AA and other 12-step programs to attend 90 meetings in 90 days, or at least one meeting a day for three months. Overall, the focus of working through the 12 steps in any 12-step program shouldn’t be on the amount of time it takes to get through the steps once, but on how thoroughly you are doing your step work and how you are using the steps to positively impact your everyday life.

How Effective is the 12-Step Program?

Before discussing the efficacy of 12-step programs, it’s important to remember that efficacy is relative, meaning that how effective something is depends on your goals. If your goal is abstinence from substance abuse, 12-step programs are extremely promising modalities.7

12-step members may use the phrase “it works if you work it”, meaning that if you invest yourself fully in working a thorough program and completing the 12 steps with your sponsor, the program will be effective for you. However, studies and efficacy rates vary.7

In people who are non-comorbid, meaning that they suffer from a substance use disorder but do not suffer from any other additional mental health condition, 12-step programs prove highly effective in improving the likelihood of long-term abstinence. For those who suffer from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, 12-step programs were also found to be extremely effective in one New York city study.7

Other studies mention that many people drop out of 12-step programs – 40% in the first year, to be exact.8

Overall, 12-step programs are still one of the most effective and best modalities for fostering long-term abstinence from substance abuse and facilitating the successful transition for people who struggled with substance use disorder (SUD) into sobriety. They prioritize and work to manifest values of faith, community, abstinence, acceptance, and ongoing self-improvement in their members.

When Do I Need a 12-Step Program?

You may need a 12-step program if you suffer from an SUD or qualify for having substance abuse issues of any kind. If you’re wondering whether a 12-step program is right for you, discuss this with your therapist, doctor, or other medical professional. They might have better insight as to whether a 12-step program could help you. At the very least, you can try to attend a free 12-step meeting on your own to see if it could be the right fit. Make sure not to make your decision off of one meeting, however, because every meeting is a bit different and some might fit your personality and goals better than others.

Does American Addiction Centers Offer 12 Step Programs?

Yes, most American Addiction Centers rehab locations integrate some 12-step ideology into their program model in the form of optional 12-step groups, because this does seem to be a helpful and effective supplemental modality for many clients. To learn more about our treatment centers that offer 12-step programs and meetings, call .

Find Rehabs Near Me With 12 Step Programs

American Addiction Centers has rehab facilities scattered across the United States. Many offer 12 step programs within the addiction curriculum. Explore our rehab centers below.

Variations of the 12 Steps

Since its origin with AA, the 12-Step model has been adopted and altered by many groups to fit other programs – for addiction treatment and otherwise. Many groups, like Narcotics Anonymous, use the steps exactly as they were conceived by AA. Others have modified the steps to fit their own needs and cultures. For example, a Native American group has combined the 12 Steps with the Native American concept of the Medicine Wheel to create a program designed specifically to help indigenous Americans who struggle with alcoholism and addiction, the Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps program. Others have come up with similar ideas to integrate the basic ideas of the 12 Steps into a cultural framework that makes sense for members of that culture.

Another variation comes from the fact that some people are uncomfortable with the specific, religious aspects of the 12-Step program. As stated above, and as evident by the steps themselves, the 12-Step model originated from a Christian point of view. Those who are not Christian have modified the steps to refer to their specific religious or spiritual practice as a way to connect more with the structure of the 12-Step program. In addition, a number of non-religious 12-Step groups have modified the steps to fit a secular model that can help those who are agnostic or atheist practice the program without feeling forced to adhere to a religion they don’t believe in.

The 12 Steps with Other Treatments

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide, short-term residential programs developed the idea of using a modified 12-Step approach to provide a shorter stay in treatment that included follow-up through a 12-Step fellowship. 9 This is seen as a way to provide the important post-treatment structure that helps people maintain long-term recovery. Other programs have also incorporated the 12 Steps, both by encouraging clients to attend 12-Step fellowship meetings, and by incorporating 12-Step ideas into their practices.

While 12-Step facilitation programs don’t necessarily follow the steps, they promote the use of a 12-Step methodology, in the hope that clients will move to a 12-Step program after rehab to help maintain sobriety. In addition, certain treatment centers base their model for service around some of the ideas promoted through the 12-Step program. These centers can offer research-based services and promote a more scientific understanding of addiction treatment, but they incorporate some of the spiritual, psychological, and practical practices that the 12-Step program promotes. This results in an encompassing model of care designed to support clients through rehab and to give tools that they can use after treatment to maintain their recovery for the long-term.

Alternatives to the 12-Step Model

Some people don’t like or are not interested in the 12-Step model, even with the variations above or through organizations that facilitate the 12-Step model. Some people don’t like basing their recovery on the idea that they cannot control their addiction, when there is evidence that there are ways of practicing internal control over the recovery process.

Some of the programs based on this active control model include groups like SMART Recovery and Moderation Management. These groups use a similar peer-sharing model, but they don’t rely on the idea of surrender. They instead promote the empowerment of the individual to exercise control over the treatment of and recovery from addiction

Other Alcohol Addiction Programs

There are many program alternatives to the 12-step treatment offered by peer support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Residential Rehabilitation

Residential treatment programs provide the highest level of rehab services for individuals suffering from alcohol addiction. Residential programs are offered at professional rehab facilities, providing an alcohol-free environment that eliminates any potential triggers and temptations to drink. Programs usually start with medical detox and require individuals to remain on-site for the duration of the program, which is typically 30, 60, or 90 days, depending on the specific needs of the individual. Residential rehab may include medical care, mental health services, administration of medications, group and individual counseling, behavioral therapy, experiential workshops, wellness and fitness activities, and training on proper nutrition and health.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient alcohol treatment programs are typically held at a local treatment center during the night or in the early morning. This allows individuals to live at home and maintain a normal daily routine, thereby limiting any interference with daily responsibilities such as work, school, and family obligations. Programs can last for several months and may include medication-assisted detox, individual and family counseling, behavioral therapy, and support groups.

Faith-Based Rehabilitation Programs

Many faith-based organizations offer alcohol addiction programs that are often free of charge, and many do not require participants to subscribe to any particular religious belief. One of the larger organizations is the Salvation Army, which offers spirituality-based residential alcohol rehabilitation programs at any of their 119 Adult Rehabilitation Centers located throughout the United States.10 These free programs provide a clean and healthy living environment, food, holistic work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and important life-skills development.

Government-Based Programs

Medicare and Medicaid are federal and state-funded health insurance programs that offer alcohol treatment assistance to those in need. Each state typically determines their own eligibility criteria and the amount of money disbursed. It is important to note that some rehab facilities may not accept Medicaid or Medicare as a form of payment, so it is best to check with specific programs prior to starting any treatment.

State-funded alcohol addiction treatment programs are funded by tax dollars and vary from state to state, with some offering only short-term rehab (consisting primarily of detoxification) and others offering long-term treatment that includes residential care. Treatment waiting lists can take a couple of weeks up to several months, and enrollment in most state-funded treatment services will usually require proof of residence and income.

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) provides eligible veterans the opportunity to participate in alcohol dependence rehabilitation programs that are offered at VA medical centers and clinics. These programs are free of charge and include various forms of treatment such as detoxification, rehabilitation, and psychiatric care.11

The Path to Recovery

Most experts believe that a research-based, residential treatment program that is customized to an individual’s needs is the most effective method to achieve and maintain recovery. Whether this program includes 12-Step aspects, is based on the 12-Step concept, or is an alternative to this original model of addiction treatment, it’s important that care is customized to the individual. Working with an addiction treatment professional is a good way to find the treatment modality that is appropriate for each person, leading to the best path to recovery.

List of 12 Step Groups

The following are just some of the various 12-step groups:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
  • Heroin Anonymous (HA)
  • Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA)

  1. SAHMSA. (2013). National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. 
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous. (2021). The 12 steps.
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous. (2022). A.A. Timeline.
  4. Breanna Joy McGaffin, Frank P. Deane, Peter J. Kelly, & Joseph Ciarrochi. (2014). Flourishing, languishing and moderate mental health: Prevalence and change in mental health during recovery from drug and alcohol problems.
  5. Alcoholic Anonymous World Services, Inc. (1976). Alcoholics Anonymous.
  6. Whitmont, Edward C. (1969). The Symbolic Quest. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  7. Laudet, A. B., Magura, S., Cleland, C. M., Vogel, H. S., Knight, E. L., & Rosenblum, A. (2004). The effect of 12-step based fellowship participation on abstinence among dually diagnosed persons: a two-year longitudinal study. Journal of psychoactive drugs36(2), 207–216.
  8. Scientific American. (2011). Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?
  9.  National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). (2018). Types of Treatment Programs.
  10. The Salvation Army. (2019). Combat Addiction.
  11.  U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. (2019). Veterans Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Programs.

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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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12 Steps in Russia - the most effective method of treating drug addiction and alcoholism

12 Steps in Russia is a unique program that helps to get rid of different types of addiction: drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling addiction. Its essence lies in the recognition of an obvious fact: an addicted person is not able to cope with his problem on his own, which is why he needs the help of qualified specialists. This assistance is an important component for effective recovery, and cardinal changes in life are also needed. nine0003

The 12 step program consists of twelve steps:

First step . The addict realizes that he is not able to control his life on his own. He also recognizes the presence of the disease and the need for the help of qualified professionals. The addict is ready to change his life, get rid of addiction.

Second step . Definition of a person addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, a personal source of great healing, saving and effective power. This may be the power of support for loved ones, the power of love, faith in God, and much more. nine0003

Third step . The addict is ready to fully trust in the healing power that he has chosen, and to realize the complete readiness to adhere to its principles in all spheres of life.

Fourth step . A person who is addicted needs to objectively, fearlessly evaluate life and himself.

Fifth step . The addict comes to the realization that his life, up to this point, was a kind of delusion and he is ready to return to a full life, to rebirth. nine0003

Sixth step . The patient must declare that he is ready for the saving power that he has chosen to help him cope with his shortcomings.

Seventh step . This step implies not just desire, but also the presence of actions on the part of the dependent person. These can be: attending trainings aimed at personal growth, participation in self-help groups, anti-stress programs, the desire to control feelings, manage them, make adequate decisions in different situations. nine0003

Eighth step . An addicted person should be filled with a desire to make amends to people whom he caused pain, evil, tears, returning the feeling of joy from human communication.

Ninth step . You should place the right accents in your own life positions, positively complete the decisions of abandoned cases.

Tenth step . Continue internal self-analysis and if mistakes are made, they should be acknowledged. From this step, a person ceases to be helpless in front of any problem. Now he knows how to turn this or that situation to his own advantage. nine0003

Eleventh step . A periodic appeal to the Higher Power, which was chosen by a dependent person and a prayer for the granting of even greater power for self-improvement and later life.

Twelfth step . Having achieved high results, a person should be sure that his experience will help to correct everyone who has stumbled. If desired, he may well become a consultant.

Our rehabilitation center is aimed at the treatment of addictions in Russia under the program "12 steps" in order to solve the problems associated with various addictions on a psychological level. According to our experts, patients who successfully completed all stages of the program managed to give up their addictions. Such a psychological attitude is a guarantee that in the event of difficulties of a different nature, a person will no longer return to his bad habits. nine0003

We offer effective treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, gambling, codependency, and rehabilitation. We will do our best to rid the addicted person of his addictions, as well as to prevent relapse. Our rehabilitation centers are located in different cities of Russia. You can see the location of our institutions and find out the address here https://12steps.su/region.html.

Treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism

Our rehabilitation center considers a person's addictions not just as a disease, but as a way of life, as a result of which the patient has lost friends, family, work. The treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction is aimed at restoring human values, changing thinking and preventing relapse, in the event of certain difficulties. We employ highly qualified specialists who conduct a thorough analysis of their lifestyle and thoughts with patients. Thanks to a competent approach, it is possible to determine the causes that resulted in addiction. Specialists develop an individual treatment program, which takes into account not only the emotional state of the patient, but also the physical one. nine0003

Effective drug addiction treatment guarantees:

- Relief of the withdrawal period;

- Carrying out various types of diagnostics;

- Involvement of an addicted person in treatment;

- Comprehensive care is provided, which is adapted to the specific needs of the patient.

We offer anonymous drug treatment. Our experts will help you get rid of addiction to: opiates, substance abuse, hashish, marijuana, cocaine, crack, synthetic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, ecstasy, sleeping pills, household chemicals. nine0003

Turning to our rehabilitation centers, you can count on benefits such as:

  • comprehensive treatment approach:

  • consultation,

  • thorough examination,

  • physical relief,

  • rehabilitation,

  • resocialization,

  • active work with co-dependents.

There is no need to look for different clinics that specialize in one or another type of treatment.

The treatment is carried out anonymously, without disclosing the personal data of the patient. Accordingly, the problem of the dependent person remains a secret.

We focus on rehabilitation. Through this approach, we ensure that patients can get rid of addictions, the causes of addiction and avoid relapses. nine0003

We use the world-famous 12-step program along with psychotherapy. With us, dubious and author's programs will not be tested on you.

During treatment, patients live in a comfortable place. Here you will feel at home.

So, turning to us, you can get rid of bad habits, lead a healthy lifestyle and become a full-fledged person.

Anonymous treatment for alcoholism

Unfortunately, the problem of alcoholism affects a huge number of people. This dependence becomes a real problem, both for a sick person and his relatives. Our rehabilitation center offers to get rid of such addiction and return life to normal. nine0003

A huge number of people who turned to us for help, received effective treatment, were able to recover in society, start life anew. And all thanks to the qualified work of psychologists, narcologists, social workers. We provide complete deliverance from alcohol addiction and the release of his loved ones from the yoke of codependency. Our rehabilitation center offers anonymous treatment for alcoholism, so you can easily drive a car, hold a high position in the company in the future. nine0003

With our help, you or your loved one will get rid of:

- drunken alcoholism;

- chronic alcoholism at different stages;

- beer alcoholism;

- female alcoholism.

Through the use of a proven program, our center guarantees an effective treatment result. We are confident that we will be able to cope with your illness. As we offer complex treatment of patients with alcoholism. Indeed, in most clinics, only medication is offered to get rid of addiction. As a result, out of a hundred percent of patients, only two percent take the true path, while others return to their former way of life. Our center, in addition to treatment, also offers rehabilitation and resocialization. nine0003

Our patients not only get rid of unpleasant physical sensations, but also learn to live without alcohol. Such addictions most often arise as a result of inability to adapt to life realities, personal problems. Without a victory over psychological difficulties, it is simply impossible to cure alcoholism.

After rehabilitation in our center, an addicted person will learn:

- to analyze their own actions;

- solve problems without resorting to alcohol; nine0003

- build relationships with other people;

- take into account the feelings, opinions of relatives, friends, acquaintances;

- to achieve success and confidently walk towards the goal.

All of this is possible with the 12 Step program, which combines information work and psychotherapy. During treatment, patients attend educational courses, they take an active part in psychological trainings, undergo individual consultations, organize everyday life and leisure. nine0003

Turning to our rehabilitation center, you will be satisfied, thanks to the following features:

  • Complete privacy.

  • We guarantee anonymous treatment.

  • Therefore, you can be sure that your diagnosis and data will remain secret;

  • We provide 24/7 free consultation. Accordingly, you will not lose anything if you write to us or call; nine0003

  • Our experts will be able to convince an alcoholic that he wants to be treated, giving arguments and the right words;

  • Work with residents of different cities of Russia. Since our rehabilitation centers are located in different parts of our country;

  • Complete diagnosis in progress. An alcohol-dependent person receives a treatment program that is tailored to the individual characteristics of a person, which takes into account age, physiological state, and psychological mood. nine0003

  • Classes are held with relatives of the patient. With our help, relatives will be able to get rid of the habit of controlling everything, from stress and learn how to behave competently with alcohol addicts;

  • We always keep in touch with the dependent person's relatives. Our specialists will contact you and tell you about the course of treatment, about how your loved one feels;

Acceptable cost of treatment. nine0005

With our rehabilitation center, your life will change radically. We will be able to direct you in the right direction and get rid of alcohol addiction.

Treatment of gambling addiction

Addiction to various games, to social networks has a detrimental effect on a person's lifestyle. Such addictions destroy the personality, cause painful addiction. And all this is due to the lack of a correct system of values, psychological problems. It is almost impossible to cope with gambling addiction on your own. Therefore, qualified assistance is needed. And our rehabilitation center is ready to provide high-quality and effective treatment for gambling addiction. We can help you deal with overindulgence:

- computer games;

- games on a tablet, telephone, console;

- virtual casino;

- social networks, chats;

- by lotteries, sweepstakes, TV quizzes;

- trading on the stock market.

- non-professional trading on the stock market.

So, if you are wondering where to treat gambling addiction, our rehabilitation center is ready to help you cope with the problem. With us you will gain confidence and peace of mind. nine0003

The period of rehabilitation after the treatment of gambling in our center lasts at least six months. This process takes place in the comfortable atmosphere of a country house. At the heart of addiction treatment is the proven and effective 12 Step Spiritual Program combined with classical psychotherapy and social education. Among the main features of the therapy are:

If a person addicted to games resists treatment, our specialists will convince you of the need for it. Our psychologists will arrive at the address you specified and hold a motivating conversation. After consent, we will take the patient to our rehabilitation center; nine0003

The process of treatment, rehabilitation is carried out anonymously. So you have nothing to be afraid of. Even if you are a famous person, we will never reveal your secret. Our specialists are responsible for maintaining medical confidentiality.

We find an individual approach to each dependent person, starting from the characteristics of the patient, the course of the disease. Naturally, each gamer has his own reasons for addiction, personal characteristics, so it is impossible to use a single course for everyone. nine0003

During treatment, our patients live in new, comfortable conditions. They have no access to gambling and limited access to a computer. This will help to avoid temptation until the patient has learned to say "no" to his weaknesses.

If there are several dependencies at the same time, we will get rid of each one.

The treatment of gambling includes the relief of the following symptoms: nervous exhaustion, depression, insomnia, and so on. The state of health of the gamer improves significantly already in the first days of the therapy we use. nine0003

We care not only about dependent people, but also about their loved ones. For relatives, trainings, seminars, lectures are held, where you will learn about what constitutes codependence, how to deal with it, how to communicate with gamers.

After treatment in our rehabilitation center, your financial condition will improve. Now a huge part of the budget will not go to pay for bad habits. In addition, family relations will improve, quarrels and swearing will stop.

The gamer will return to a full life, rejoicing in its values. Usually, a person has new hobbies: reading, sports, tourism, and so on. After our rehabilitation center, the disease will not return. After all, our specialists will identify and eradicate the cause of addiction, eliminating the risk of relapse.

Remember, life is not a game, it is not worth taking risks and putting the personality and emotional state of loved ones on the line. Also, you should not hope that dependence on such hobbies can go away by itself or a person will be able to pull himself together. Only with the help of professionals is it possible to get rid of addiction. Unfortunately, gamers sink not only themselves, they also drag their loved ones to the bottom. The problem affects the financial situation, the emotional state. nine0003

Naturally, close people of addicts tend to regularly monitor the patient, trying to bring the person to his senses through threats and scandals. They are in poor morale. Therefore, we also recommend the treatment of codependents. In our center, relatives of addicts will receive the right moral support and recommendations. Co-addicts learn how to behave with gamblers, stop controlling, help prevent relapse.

Remember that self-treatment of gambling addiction can not only not give effective results, but also be dangerous. Addicts need qualified help until they are mired in depression and neurosis. We are always ready to help you, together we will cope with your illness and will not let you cross out your life. nine0003

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The main problem faced by professionals in the treatment of addiction is the denial of the disease by an alcoholic or drug addict. It is with “denial” that psychologists and psychotherapists of the Marshak Clinic work at the first stage, using some elements of the “12 Steps” program.

Developed in 1938, the 12 Step program is still successfully used throughout the world for the rehabilitation of patients with alcoholism and drug addiction. One of its main goals is to overcome the denial of the addict and help him realize the full depth and severity of the disease (the first step of the 12-step program). nine0003

There are different types of denial:

  • a drug addict or alcoholic does not consider himself addicted;
  • people do not consider their use harmful;
  • the patient is ready to admit some of his "weaknesses", for example, addiction to one type of drug, but denies dependence on other drugs - if this dependence exists;
  • refuses to admit or does not really realize that drugs and alcohol cause a number of problems, including health problems, destroy social ties, deprive many opportunities; nine0104
  • the patient does not believe in recovery, may to some extent flaunt his predilection.

For more than 18 years of work, our specialists have learned how to successfully create motivation for recovery from scratch. Turning to us for help, patients, of course, want something for themselves. Some of them really want to regain the ability to live without alcohol or drugs. But more often, as practice shows, they have completely different true goals: to reduce the dose and learn to control the use; get off one type of drug (such as heroin) but continue using other drugs; suspend use (for example, until physical recovery; reassure parents, prove that recovery is impossible (to justify use), etc.

The 12-step program used in the clinic has been adapted by our specialists. We took from it only what can really help a person in the process of treatment and rehabilitation. The first thing with which we begin work on the 12 Steps program is to set real tasks for the patient, help to realize his true motives and find new goals in life: live sober, study, work, earn recognition from people who are significant to you, build a healthy family. Is all this possible when a person uses drugs or suffers from alcohol addiction? nine0003

The 12 Step Program helps to reassure the patient that they can live fully sober. When the patient realized the severity of his disease, wanted to recover and believed that it was possible, together with him we begin to develop the practical skills of a sober life.

These skills are:

  • overcoming cravings for drugs and alcohol;
  • control over emotional states that can lead to a breakdown;
  • healthy communication - first of all in the family, etc.

Stages of the Marshak Clinic's psychological rehabilitation program:

  • Help the patient face the truth. Get honest recognition of their addiction and the need for medical help.
  • Building a trusting relationship with the attending physician - of course, not turning into familiarity, keeping a distance and medical ethics.
  • Working with the patient's personality through the super-ego. The hope for recovery in many patients is associated with higher powers. It can be faith in God, in the favorable arrangement of the stars, it doesn’t matter, the main thing is to catch the patient’s ability to believe in outside help and direct it in the right direction. nine0104
  • To help the patient see the past and the present as it really is, to teach the patient to be critical of himself and his actions.
  • Working with guilt. The most important stage at which a person understands when and why he got into a drug or alcohol pool. If the root of the problem is found, it is easier to move on. The patient is aware that addiction did not solve the problems, but only aggravated them (the departure of his wife, loss of work, the final collapse of plans and hopes, etc.), his conscience gnaws, memories crush him. nine0104
  • There is a desire to get rid of mental pain, the patient is ready for dialogue and cooperation, he is open for communication, does not try to lie and justify himself.
  • There is a pronounced desire of the patient to start all over again, to distribute the accumulated debts, moral and material, to be rehabilitated in the eyes of others, to correct the "mistakes of youth".
  • Transformation of conscious guilt into positive energy. A person wants to become different, start helping people, doing good, benefiting society. nine0104
  • The patient - sometimes for the first time in a long time - hears his "I", begins to listen to intuition and inner voice.
  • Formation of socially acceptable rules of conduct, a kind of moral code. Restoration of lost communication skills in a healthy environment, search for new forms of interaction with people.
  • Total abstinence from alcohol and drugs.
  • Strengthening self-control skills, the patient will not hesitate to say a firm "no" to psychoactive substances. nine0104