Tennessee Behavioral Health

The 12-Step Program in Nashville: Embracing Recovery

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The 12-Step Program is a widely recognized and effective approach to addiction recovery and achieving lasting sobriety. Tennessee Behavioral Health offers the 12-Step Program as a foundational element of our addiction treatment, providing you with a supportive and structured path toward recovery.

Our Approach to the 12-Step Program

Our 12-step Program is grounded in the principles of acceptance, accountability, and community support. We recognize that addiction is a complex and challenging condition, and the 12-step Program offers a framework for personal growth and healing.

Experienced Support

Our addiction counselors and therapists are experienced in facilitating the 12-Step Program and provide guidance and support as you progress through the steps. They understand the unique difficulties of addiction and are committed to helping you obtain lasting recovery.

Understanding the 12 Steps

The 12-step Program is a structured, spiritual-based approach to addiction recovery that has been widely embraced by self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The program is based on 12 guiding principles and actions individuals can follow to overcome addiction and achieve and maintain sobriety. Here is a detailed breakdown of the 12 steps:

Step 1: We admit we were powerless over [substance or behavior]—and that our lives have become unmanageable.

This step acknowledges that addiction has taken control of one’s life and that there is a lack of control over the substance or behavior.

Step 2: To believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

This step encourages individuals to recognize the need for outside help and to have faith in a higher power or a force beyond themselves.

Step 3: Decide to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.

In this step, individuals consciously decide to rely on a higher power and surrender their own will to it. The higher power is understood according to the individual’s personal beliefs.

Step 4: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

In this step, individuals engage in a deep self-examination, identifying character defects, resentments, and past wrongs.

Step 5: Admit to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

This step involves sharing the inventory with a trusted sponsor or another person. It emphasizes honesty and accountability.

Step 6: We are entirely ready to have God remove all these character defects.

This step reflects the individual’s willingness to let go of their character defects and negative behaviors with the assistance of a higher power.

Step 7: Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings.

In this step, individuals ask their higher power to help eliminate their character defects.

Step 8: Make a list of all the people we have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all.

This step involves creating a list of people who were harmed by the individual’s addiction or behavior and a willingness to make amends.

Step 9: Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.

In this step, individuals make amends by addressing the harm done, when possible, without causing further harm to others.

Step 10: Continue to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admit it.

Step 10 focuses on ongoing self-reflection and accountability, with a commitment to promptly admit and correct wrongs.

Step 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.

This step emphasizes regular spiritual practices, such as prayer and meditation, to strengthen the connection with a higher power and seek guidance.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

In the final step, individuals share their experiences and recovery with others, serve as sponsors or mentors, and commit to living by these principles in all aspects of their lives.

Community and Fellowship

The 12-step Program places a strong emphasis on community and fellowship. Many individuals in recovery attend regular meetings where they can share their experiences, gain support from others, and work through the steps with the guidance of a sponsor.

Your Journey to Recovery Begins Here

If you’re struggling with addiction and seeking a structured and supportive path to sobriety, the 12-Step Program can be a valuable tool on your journey to recovery. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

Contact us today to learn more about the 12-step Program and how it can be integrated into your addiction treatment plan. Tennessee Behavioral Health is dedicated to helping you achieve lasting sobriety and wellness. Together, we can help you take the first steps toward a healthier, drug-free life.