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Twelve Steps and the Treatment Process

Through support groups and one-on-one counseling sessions, women receive the care they need and are taught skills to overcome the addictions plaguing their lives.  Daily support groups are attended by clients, allowing them to overcome addictive behaviors and make steps toward freedom from addiction.

Daily Meetings

Origins of Hope uses evidence based modalities as a foundation for treatment and a guide to healthy living.  Clients may attend daily support group meetings for:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Narcotics Anonymous

  • Codependency Anonymous

  • Sex and Love Addiction Anonymous

The Steps

Different Twelve Step programs use the same basic steps, adapting them to their needs.  The following are a general description of the steps. Different programs may adapt the language to apply specifically to the target addiction with minor variations.  These steps are meant to be worked through sequentially as a process to overcome addiction.

  1. Admit powerlessness: “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable.”

  2. Find hope: “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

  3. Surrender: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand God.”

  4. Take inventory: “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

  5. Share my inventory: “Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

  6. Become ready: “Were entirely ready for God to remove all these defects of character.”

  7. Ask God: “Humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings.”

  8. Make a list of amends: “Made of list of persons we harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”

  9. Make amends: “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

  10. Continue my inventory: “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”

  11. Pray and meditate: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.”

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

Guiding Principles

Alcoholics Anonymous was the first Twelve Step program developed in the 1930s and has since become the most widely used approach to dealing with addiction.  This program was first written in what is referred to as the Big Book which details not only the Twelve Steps, but also twelve Promises and Twelve Traditions which continue to be the guiding principles of most Twelve Step programs.

The Promises

  1. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

  2. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

  3. We will comprehend the word serenity.

  4. We will know peace.

  5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

  6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.

  7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.

  8. Self-seeking will slip away.

  9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.

  10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

  11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

  12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Twelve Traditions

  • Tradition 1: “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity”

  • Tradition 2: “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”

  • Tradition 3: “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.”

  • Tradition 4: “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.”

  • Tradition 5: “Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.”

  • Tradition 6: “An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.”

  • Tradition 7: “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”

  • Tradition 8: “Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.”

  • Tradition 9: “A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.”

  • Tradition 10: “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”

  • Tradition 11: “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

  • Tradition 12: “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.”

Twelve Steps at Origins of Hope

Origins of Hope recognizes the value of the Twelve Step model.   Depending on the specific addiction and individualized needs of each client, a treatment plan is developed that integrates different types of therapy and Twelve Step Meetings.  At Origins of Hope, we know that each of our clients is unique. and our professional staff exposes our clients to Twelve Steps to develop a customized treatment plan that can provide the support, care and hope that is required to recover from addiction.  To learn more about how the Twelve Steps approach can help you overcome your addiction, call Origins of Hope today.


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