Twelve Step study groups serve as a unique model to instill self-change in the recovering individual by first helping him or her understand and admit he/she has an addiction problem that is out of the individual’s control. Although traditionally used as a therapy approach for alcohol addiction, known as AA or Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Step study group has been adopted as a therapy approach for nearly all forms of substance abuse and addictions, including process addictions such as gambling or sex addictions. Twelve Step groups are face-to-face discussion meetings between members and a facilitator (or group leader). In a typical 12 Step study group, usually a therapist or a counselor serves as the group facilitator.
Long Island Center for Recovery’s Twelve Step study group is offered for individuals who are attending our addiction treatment programs, and for individuals in the community who want to take part in this supportive therapeutic service. By participating in a Twelve Step study group, members are able to share their experiences and hardships, acquire new skills from fellow recovering individuals and develop their own support network.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12 Step self-help groups promote abstinence by helping individuals understand 3 key concepts:
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