Anyone who enters a rehab is unlikely to very quickly become familiar with the term 12-step work, and the idea of concept of a 12 step program as practice and experienced by members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other tall step organisations.
The phrase 12 step work has a slightly different meaning in organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
In that context it tends to refer to people who reach out and are available to help people who are new to the organisation, and who have asked for help in either attending meetings or talking to someone about the fact that they think they may have a drink problem and need some help with it.
In a rehab, the phrase 12 step work is more likely to refer to one or more of the therapeutic programs or addiction treatment programs that a rehab is likely to offer as part of its treatment methodology in relation to alcoholism and addiction.
In addition, the majority of rehabs tend to either endorse and embrace organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and actively promote the concept of a 12 step recovery program both inside and outside of the rehab.
A rehab is likely to have a number of different types of therapeutic help available, and it may have some type of self styled 12-step program as well.
REHAB and 12 STEP WORK
This may simply be a focus on step one of a program, the admission of being powerless over alcohol or some other substance.
Alternatively the rehab may have a deeper road into the recovery process, and spend more time on other parts of the 12-step program such as an understanding of a spiritual path, the nature and practice of doing an inventory on oneself, and generally becoming more willing to open up and share with other people is going on in the individual’s life.
It is worth making the point that the majority of rehabs offer any type of 12-step program all work as part of their ailing addiction recovery programs will be using an interpretation of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous that is different to the actual 12-step program of AA itself.
This is an important distinction, but one that many people understandably find it bit confusing.
The significance is simply that upon leaving rehab, the majority of rehabs will advise people to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, where they can gain a fuller understanding and actual appreciation of what AA’s program of recovery action involves.