Effective 12-Step Program
Part of the rehab program here is based on the successful 12-step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. This AA program has proven successful for decades and is a part of our treatment program.
During your stay with us you will be required to work on the 12-step program. You will likely not be able to complete the twelve steps during your stay with us, so upon leaving you will be challenged to continue to “work the steps”. We will help you secure a sponsor, which is part of the program. Your sponsor is someone who is in recovery and is committed to help others, which is also a part of the AA program. It will be important for you to call your sponsor regularly, as he or she will be able to talk to you and help you continue on your path to sobriety.
Tender Loving Mercy is foundationally a 12-step program. The 12-step treatment modality created by Alcoholics Anonymous is a storied recovery program. It has helped millions find a lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. At Tender Loving Mercy, we use the 12-step program to assist our clients through the recovery process. We incorporate the initial step work into each addiction treatment plan. Step work is continued with the assistance of aftercare and support groups.
The 12-Steps and Principles
INSIGHT: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
SURRENDER: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
POSITIVE GOALS: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
REORGANIZATION: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
SPIRITUALITY: 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.
LOVE: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
CONFESSION: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
INTROSPECTION: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
SUBMISSION: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
HUMILITY: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
AMENDMENT:Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
RESTITUTION: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.