For decades, the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have provided the structure and guidance needed for lasting recovery. At The Last Resort, we help men to put these principles into practice, build strong bonds of fellowship, and prepare for a life of sustained sobriety.
A Meaningful 12-Step Experience
AA’s 12-Step philosophy serves as the basis of many treatment programs. According to SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of centers report offering services based on this model. 65 percent of the 16,000 organizations surveyed described this as an offering at their facilities. Unfortunately, this is not a guarantee that 12-Step programming will be facilitated in a way that is effective, impactful, and inspirational.
The Last Resort is different. While other facilities may solely offer readings and meetings, our approach to the 12 Steps is transformational. We believe in embracing these words from The Big Book: “Adversity truly introduces us to ourselves.” The experience of addiction, and of seeking help, offers an incredible opportunity to dig into the trauma, mental illness, relationships, and situational factors that contribute to our substance abuse. The 12 Steps provide an avenue to develop an understanding of ourselves, of others, and of the realities of substance use disorder. With these insights, you can begin to build a better life.
What It Looks Like
Our 12-Step focus informs all aspects of treatment at The Last Resort. Below are just a few of the ways that we incorporate these principles into group and individual programming.
Many men who arrive at The Last Resort have attempted to participate in 12-Step programs before. However, they quickly grew discouraged when simply attending meetings didn’t make a change. These men may believe that this approach “just won’t work” for them. However, this isn’t because of a flaw in the Steps; it’s actually the result of a popular misconception.
Sitting in on meetings isn’t enough to overcome addiction. To change, it’s important to embrace and really grasp the lessons necessary for recovery. The Steps should be studied, analyzed, and fully lived out in one’s life – not just read. Ongoing 12-Step immersion provides the deeper spiritual insight, renewed motivation, and peer support needed for lasting recovery.
Building relationships with those in your same situation is crucial to recovery. Many of our residents are also dealing with specific stressors outside of substance misuse. These areas require acknowledgement and intervention as well. For this reason, we also provide groups tailored to specific populations, including:
- Veterans and active-duty members of the military
- Those dealing with grief and loss
- Men striving to overcome trauma and/or PTSD
- Executives and professionals in high-pressure careers
- Families of addicted loved ones
The core tenet of 12-Step programming is fellowship through meetings. In The Big Book, Bill Wilson writes, “I listened to their stories and found so many areas where we overlapped – not all the deeds, but the feelings of remorse and hopelessness… The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.” Addiction is inherently isolating for men struggling with it. In our 12-Step meetings, our expert facilitators help participants to connect with others, share their stories, and find the support needed to recover.
We believe that the 12 Steps can be an incredible asset in daily life. Understanding the principles of service, integrity, and willingness, for example, helps ease the transition from treatment to the “real world.” These values – among others gathered from 12-Step education – offer templates for dealing with life’s challenges. At The Last Resort, we provide opportunities to apply 12-Step principles in real-world scenarios.
We’ll Love You Until You Learn to Love Yourself
Every day of addiction is a battle. It knocks you down, destroys your self-esteem, and overwhelms you. It may feel like change is impossible. We understand what it’s like, and we know how to help.
The Last Resort provides 12-Step programming that makes a difference in your life. We offer the structure, stability, and support you need in the early days of treatment. Our program lasts as long as you need it to; there’s no limit on your time with us. We’ll help you to overcome the disease of addiction, find your purpose, and prepare for a happy and fulfilling life in sobriety.
To learn more, contact our admissions team.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to believe in God to fully participate in a 12-Step program?
No, you don’t need to be a churchgoer to benefit from 12-Step programming. The 12 Steps are a spiritual experience, not a religious one. The term “Higher Power” means different things to different clients. We help you to find a greater purpose driving your recovery – whether it’s God, nature, humanity, or the universe as a whole.
How do the 12 Steps help men to get (and stay) sober?
The 12 Steps provide two key benefits: a structure for recovering and a strong support system. The process of identifying our flaws, making amends, and preparing for the future is clearly outlined in the Steps. While participating in these meetings, you’ll build relationships with other men who understand what you’re going through. This provides the accountability and fellowship needed to find and maintain sobriety for years to come.
Do I have to work the 12 Steps in order?
The 12 Steps are intended to be worked in a specific order, yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to approach your recovery. At The Last Resort, we do encourage clients to work the Steps from one to twelve. However, it is not uncommon to revisit certain steps or feel “stuck” on one step for a while before moving forward. Our 12-Step immersion program empowers clients to sit with specific steps, reflect on the lessons they’ve learned, and build a solid foundation for recovery.
Will I be expected to attend 12-Step meetings after I finish treatment?
Each client’s aftercare program looks different, but almost all of them will include local AA or NA meetings. We encourage continued involvement in the 12-Step community, especially in the early days of recovery. Regularly attending meetings eases the transition out of treatment, establishes your sober support network, and reinforces the lessons learned at The Last Resort.