Overcoming drug or alcohol addiction isn’t something you can do within a few weeks. Although you can make incredible progress in a short amount of time, true recovery means committing to a much longer aftercare or support program. At Gateway Foundation Joliet, that means helping clients embrace the 12 Step Program we offer. Find out how 12 step facilitation can be a key to long-term recovery and relapse prevention.

Understanding the 12 Step Program Philosophy

a woman discusses 12-step integration with her counselorThe 12 step philosophy is all about taking personal responsibility for your actions. At the same time, however, it encourages participants to seek help. No one should be alone during recovery, and the 12 Step Program makes it easier to develop relationships with peers, mentors, and mentees.

One element of the 12 step philosophy is that no one can control everything in their lives. By understanding that fact, clients can start to relinquish control and be more comfortable with the challenges that life can bring. The program is also about looking inward and making continuing changes to better oneself.

A crucial part of 12 Step Facilitation is accessibility. Participants meet at various times throughout the week in easily accessible, public and free places. This could include church basements or city halls, among other locations. Participants are invited to attend any meeting wherever in the world it happens to be.

During a 12 step meeting, participants can just listen to others talk and recommit to sobriety. Alternatively, they can have a chance to speak to the group. This is an excellent way to feel less alone and isolated and to truly feel heard by your peers. Plus, you can gain feedback or clarity about a challenging situation in life.

Embracing the 12 Step Integration in Rehab

You don’t have to attend rehab to engage in 12 Step Facilitation. You can also choose to complete rehab and never participate in the 12 step program. However, results are often best if you combine the two through 12 step integration.

Just like the name suggests, 12 step integration means integrating both an outpatient rehab program and 12 step meetings. Patients can have total flexibility and combine these two in any combination they see fit. Some patients might attend a half-day outpatient program several days a week and then participate in 12 step meetings on the weekends. Alternatively, patients in need of slightly less support can choose an outpatient program along with weekly 12 step meetings.

Setting Patients Up For Continued Support Locally

The more support a client can have in recovery, the better. Participating in the 12 Step Program doesn’t take away from what you’ll learn in rehab and treatment. Instead, it is an extra layer of support, education and a new resource. That’s why the 12 step program is so highly recommended.

Best of all, 12 step integration encourages clients to start building up their support system as early as possible. When rehab ends, clients still need to have a support system. Although the resources in rehab might not be available any longer, they can still take advantage of community resources like 12-step meetings. By starting to make those connections while still in rehab, clients are more likely to avoid relapse and stay on track toward lifelong sobriety.

Additional Treatments and Therapies at Gateway Foundation Joliet

The 12 Step Program is a helpful tool in the fight against addiction. On its own, however, it isn’t always enough. That’s why clients should seek out outpatient treatment programs at Gateway Foundation Joliet. Clients can look forward to customized care as well as a wide range of effective, evidence-based treatment methods.

Some of the many addiction treatment services available to clients include the following:

When it comes to overcoming addiction, more help is always better. That’s why 12-step integration can be the ideal addition to rehab. At Gateway Foundation Joliet in Joliet, Illinois, clients can combine the comprehensive outpatient programs with local 12-step support groups. Contact Gateway Foundation Joliet today at 815.265.6734 to learn more and to begin your journey to recovery.