If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, many steps await you. And you must take these one step at a time, to achieve your long-term sobriety and recovery goals. A 12 step Program leads you systematically through each step to support your commitments to yourself and those you love. Recovery Ranch has compassionate professionals and welcoming facilities in Pennsylvania ready to help you begin your renewed life in recovery. What Is a 12 Step Program? Ultimately, the 12 step program is a mindfulness approach. Through the steps, you become aware of your thoughts, feelings, actions, as well as those around you in real-time. Before we look at the 12 steps, know that some steps may seem impossible now. But as you work through them, you become more comfortable with them. The organization Alcoholics Anonymous developed the 12 step program. Their premise is that to defeat your addiction, you need to do so in steps. That's because skipping steps in recovery may cause challenges for you down the road that lead to relapse. Because the 12 Step program has proven so effective, others in fields of addiction and personal growth have adapted it to help individuals overcome addiction and grow. Regardless of the shape it takes, the 12 step program always centers around your community. People with similar addictions but a commitment to recovery come together to support people on various steps of their journey. At Recovery Ranch, PA, we take a step-down approach. Most clients begin the 12 step program in an inpatient drug rehab program. You then continue through the steps in various types of\u00a0outpatient rehab programs. And finally, as you develop the skills you need to more effectively self-manage your addiction, you transition to aftercare programs. This involves attending ongoing support groups, having access to alumni resources, and attending scheduled individual counseling sessions to follow up with your therapist. Studies show that people who continue in 12 step-based aftercare programs are twice as likely to\u00a0maintain sobriety. What Are the 12 Steps? It's important to note that the 12 step program asks you to surrender to a higher power. This is any power that is meaningful to you. So it doesn't have to follow any specific religion or any religion at all. Actually, at the Recovery Ranch PA, we embrace the\u00a0psycho-spiritual wisdom\u00a0found in all faiths. And we caringly use our knowledge and skill to further your recovery. If you're uncomfortable with the\u00a0"higher power" concept,\u00a0Recovery Ranch PA also offers non-12 step alternatives. So here are the 12 steps: \tAdmit that you're powerless because addiction is controlling your life. \tBelieve that a higher power that can restore you. \tDecide to turn your life over to this power. \tTake inventory of your life. \tAdmit to your higher power and another person your wrongdoings. \tMake yourself ready to have your "defects" removed by this power. \tAsk this power to remove your shortcomings. \tCreate a list of anyone you've harmed and be willing to make amends. \tMake amends directly wherever possible, unless doing so would cause more harm to the person. For example, a young child who you gave up for adoption because of addiction may not yet be ready to hear from you. That doesn't mean that you might not be able to restore things in the future. \tDevelop a healthy habit of continually assessing whether you've wronged someone. Admit it promptly. \tWork to improve your connection with your higher power through prayer, meditation, mindfulness, and\/or discussion. Work to understand what this power thinks you should do and follow that guidance. \tPractice what you've learned in every aspect of your life and non-judgmentally share\u00a0what you've learned\u00a0with others who need help with their addiction. Contact Recovery Ranch, PA A 12 step program is one of many forms of evidence-based treatments and techniques Recovery Ranch PA employs to help you overcome addiction. We build individualized plans around your unique needs. These may include therapies, groups, and treatments like: \tNutritional therapy \tYoga therapy \tEvidence-based therapy \tCognitive-behavioral therapy Is your life spinning out of control? The mindful approach of a 12 step program can help. Call us at to get on your path to recovery.