Introduction to the 12 step Recovery Program
The 12-step recovery program is one of the three main pillars of (AA) Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that has chapters all over the world, and funded by donations from its members. AA has been around for over 80 years, proving its approach works. The other pillars of AA are the “sponsor” who acts as the guidance counselor and as the emergency responder; and the meetings, that serve as group therapy, and as a network of support for the member. The 12-steps recovery plan has its origins in Jungian psychology, specifically, on a diagnosis given by Psychologist Carl Jung, as to why psychology does not have a solution for addiction, unless the “spirit” of the person is healed first. Coming from the most famous psychologist of his day, this was taken very seriously, especially by the founders of AA, Bill Wilson and Robert Smith. The foundation of the 12-Steps is spiritual. It is based on the acceptance of a higher force that works in our lives, and conspires to help us achieve our goals, while we abandon worrisome circumstances over which we have no control. It is not a religious doctrine nor does it conflict with any religious belief. The Counseling Center offers an introduction to the 12-Steps as a guide for the reprogramming of any person who wishes to adopt a stable, peaceful, and happy life, with minimal crises. The message of the 12-steps is that recovery is real, and achievable, when a person takes the time to learn and apply the 12 steps.