Renaissance Recovery is firmly rooted in the 12 Step philosophy of recovery. Within a few years of the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the co-creators, Bill W,. felt AA needed a set of simple guidelines any member could use to help them on their daily and lifelong journey of recovery.
He set about to create these guidelines and came up with the 12 Steps. A process he states, that took him fewer than 3 hours. These simple, clear and yet profound steps became the hallmark for how to proceed in recovery and are used around the world today by members of recovery programs of all kinds, modified only slightly to address narcotic addiction, gambling addiction, over eating, codependency, and many other issues that create an unbalanced, unhealthy life.
Our program utilizes the 12 step approach to addiction treatment incorporating gospel principles for spiritual healing. It is also part of our philosophy that knowledge is power and we equip our patients with the facts about what addiction does to their mental and physical state.
In this way, we believe that a life long recovery can only occur with complete physical, mental and spiritual healing. Scientific studies have confirmed our experience: continuing care with an effective program dramatically improve an individual’s chance at achieving life long sobriety.
Our program has been designed to address the science of addiction, while additionally offering several options to create a personalized experience. The following 12-month program aims to help our clients through their first year of sobriety and make a successful transition into a healthy, sober, new way of life.
Because recovery is a lifelong process, there’s no wrong way to approach the 12 Steps as the participant tries to figure out what works best for their individual needs. In fact, most participants find that they will need to revisit some steps or even tackle more than one of the steps at a time.
Here are the 12 steps as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- 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.
Research has shown the 12 Step programs of recovery are the most effective for lifelong recovery. Renaissance Recovery has incorporated the 12 Steps into every aspect of their recovery program. Utilizing the Renaissance Recovery Coaches as temporary mentors and sponsors, clients have the opportunity to work through all 12 Steps prior to completing the program so they have a working understanding of what each step means and how it functions in their life and recovery. They also gain through this process the experiencing of working with a “sponsor” as they would in a 12 Step Community to continue working and re-working the 12 Steps as they progress in their recovery and throughout their life.
Therapists work with deeply rooted personal issues and traumas (that may inflame addiction) and assist the client in learning the recovery and life skills they need to build a balanced and healthy life style – to take responsibility for past poor choices, and accept the need to make amends: legal, financial, interpersonal. In effect, assisting the clients again to utilize the 12 Steps on a deeply personal level of healing.
Renaissance Recovery believes in assisting each client to identify and connect to their own “God of their understanding” and develop a spiritual connection as the key to a lifelong ability to accept the need for help in their lives, the willingness to ask for help and the humility to be open and teachable in their daily lives. These are the principles personified by the 12 Step philosophy and applied in recovery treatment, at Renaissance Recovery.
It is our goal to give each client the support, structure, skills and understanding to leave treatment and move forward into their daily lives with the tools and determination to make sobriety their life long choice.