12 Step Recovery

The 12-step program is a supplemental but crucial element of recovery. Addiction is a multifaceted disease that affects people differently, even if the fundamental behaviors they show are similar. This tried and true recovery program is traced to Carl Jung, the founder of Jungian Psychology.  Jung described recovery, which inspired Bill Wilson to co-found Alcoholics Anonymous, in terms of the ego and the self, and the unique proposition that the spirit must heal before the mind and the body. Within this broad scope, The Counseling Center addresses recovery with a comprehensive treatment program that includes medical, nutritional, and psychosocial features, and an introduction to the 12-step program, as part of cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, or a motivation enhancement therapy. Assuming an active role in the process of recovery, 12-step groups symbolically represent human structure in the dimensions of the physical, mental, and spiritual – this last one being the most important, since it is self-centeredness, the illness of the spirit, meant to be treated by the 12-steps. The concept of “bridging the gap” refers to the correction of an incorrectly separated ego and self, by “bridging” the dialogue between the ego and the higher aspects of self. The 12-step program helps recovering addicts maintain their sense of self, and develop Ego consciousness to function successfully in life. The members of a 12-step group represent a social community who experiences life similarly, and where the sharing of experiences serves as motivation and reinforcement of the commitment to stay sober.