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12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), were originally referred to as “self-help groups.” More recently, there has been a shift to referring to these programs as “mutual-help groups,” as this description more accurately reflects the nature and philosophy under which these groups were founded. At their core, mutual help groups operate under the premise that you are never alone in your recovery. With support and guidance from a network of individuals who have been in your shoes, recovery from addiction is possible.
At Hammocks on the Edisto, mutual help groups are held regularly to introduce or re-engage residents to this resource that is commonly a part of the healing process, either through fellowship or deeper engagement. Our goal is to engage residents in the best practices to achieve sobriety and to learn to incorporate and practice skills learned through an introduction to the 12 Steps, or other groups, on a daily basis.
12-step programs like AA or NA can be part of a successful solution for many individuals’ recovery. Mutual help groups understand that addiction is a chronic disease that must be managed rather than cured. With daily attention and focus, along with the guidance and support from group members, working the steps can help individuals in recovery heal and grow from the inside out.
While Hammocks on the Edisto is not strictly a 12-step program, the 12 steps along with the 12 principles are introduced and incorporated into daily practice during your treatment stay. What is the difference between the 12 steps and the 12 principles? The 12 steps are part of the process that mutual help groups like AA work through as part of their recovery path. The 12 principles, on the other hand, are a set of guiding, spiritual concepts that promote personal growth and self-care, and each principle corresponds to the 12 steps. The 12 spiritual principles are:
In addition to group meetings, your clinical team will incorporate aspects of the 12 Steps and Principles into your treatment plan, providing you with measurable goals and objectives to work towards during your stay. Our certified yoga therapist will also guide residents through a structured yoga routine six days per week. Each yoga class is designed to incorporate the 12 principles with the seven chakras of the body to reinforce the interconnected nature of health and wellness within the body as well as the mind.
Building a strong foundation for recovery while you are in treatment is geared toward supporting and promoting a lifestyle of health and sobriety long after your stay at Hammocks is complete. The connections and groundwork of the mutual help community will hopefully continue to provide a lifelong support network for our residents. Maintaining a daily practice of yoga can also provide an additional resource and outlet for managing life’s ups and downs while improving general health, too!
At Hammocks on the Edisto, our women’s residential facility is ready to help guide you on the path to recovery. With the help of our 12-Step program and our other treatment approaches, many patients can find the support they need to leave a lifestyle of substance use. We utilize the 12-steps in combination with a range of additional treatment options, such as:
For more information about how we incorporate the 12 Steps into our treatment approach, or to enroll in our women’s treatment center, contact the treatment experts at Hammocks on the Edisto today at 833.793.0191.