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12 Step Facilitation

Clarity's Professional 12 Step Facilitation Therapy

Move from addiction, to sobriety and recovery

At Clarity, we believe in the power of the 12 steps. Through our secularised overview clients are able to incorporate the principles of DBT into Twelve step practice. Central to our unique 3-Stage DBT programme can be found some of the central tenets of the steps; honesty, willingness, trust, forgiveness, and meditation.

At Clarity we use a secularized DBT framework for educating clients about the steps. Clients take part in structured groups to unravel the overall impact their addictions have had on their lives and the effects it has had on their families and loved ones. Without this insight and the radical acceptance of their own powerlessness in the face of their addiction change is difficult to elicit. These groups are transformative as they bring clients to a place of deeper insight and awareness. Clarity’s 3-Stage DBT programme is designed to promote a willingness to be open-minded to the ideas of spiritual principles and living a spiritually focused lifestyle.

Life changing decisions start with one step

The 12 step programmes are not scientifically proven because the anonymous nature of the programmes they belong to doesn’t endorse publication. It is difficult to conduct research on the anonymous members of an anonymous programme. However, the anecdotal evidence of alcoholics anonymous proves its efficacy. As a resource and programme of action to bring about change behaviour the principles of the 12 Steps are hard to dismiss. Because of this and the strong correlation with DBT we have built a secular reinterpretation based upon evidenced based DBT skills.

The primary text, Alcoholics Anonymous outlines the process for “taking” the twelve steps. Since its publication in 1935, the book has undergone minimal edits or changes. The foundational first 164 pages of the book have seen practically no changes. That is, at least, no changes that would have altered the twelve steps into something other than what they are. What the twelve steps are have helped millions of people around the world. This one piece of evidence testifies to the power of the 12 step programmes. It truly is universal. Dozens of countries, cultures, and languages have embraced the 12 steps and have seen even the most hopeless of addicts and alcoholics transform their lives. At Clarity we use corresponding CBT and DBT principles that correspond with the steps to broaden their meaning and effectiveness. Clarity’s spiritual holistic programme and mindfulness based stress release programmes also serve as adjuncts to this secularised version of the steps.

The language of the steps includes spiritual principles which are not exclusive to any particular sect or denomination. At Clarity we understand that these spiritual principles are universal in that they attest to the best character of mankind. Helping others who need help, helping the self through specific action, and constantly looking for guidance help alcoholics and addicts all around the world remove the ego of their addiction from the equation of their lives. The result for many is monumental.

The value of 12 steps

At Clarity we work with you to understand how the 12 steps programme works. We introduce to you the psychological benefits and the potential it has to keep you healthy and free from addiction.

Misconceptions about 12 step programmes can get in the way of their impact

Understanding the 12 steps is part of the process of completing the treatment programme at Clarity. As well as exploring the scope of a client’s addiction during the Discovery Phase of treatment all clients will be exposed to both supervised offsite meetings and classes explaining how the steps work and what their deeper meaning is. Commonly, misinformed beliefs about 12 step programmes can get in the way of their effectiveness and ability to have a life changing impact.

Here are some common misconceptions:

In the actual text of the “12 steps” the word “God” is used exactly four times. Throughout the book Alcoholics Anonymous, commonly called “The Big Book”, the word God is used as a general name to express a power greater than the self. Referred to as a spiritual programme which helps people find a higher power of their own understanding, the 12 steps are non-denominational and do not align with any sect. Instead, 12 step member are encouraged to find their own ‘God’, or ‘Higher Power’.

12 step programmes are adaptable to anyone for any kind of problem. For many years, addicts and alcoholics tried to stop on their own devices but found they could not. Themes of surrender are common in 12 step programmes. However, many people overlook an important fact: choosing to go to a 12 Step meeting, choosing to stay, choosing to come back, choosing to stay sober, and choosing to “work” the steps, are personal choices, a definite sign that people who go to 12 step meetings can help themselves and do so through the 12 step programme.

The twelve steps are not open for customization, though many people attempt to do so. Developing an idea of a higher power and defining a relationship with that higher power is open to the conceptions of each individual. The founders of the twelve steps worked with psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual leaders to develop the steps in a specific format. By following the twelve steps as they are laid out, each individual is believed to be able to have a “spiritual experience”.

Millions of people around the world develop a manner of living through 12 step programmes which demands rigorous honesty and a willingness to grow along spiritual lines. For many other people, the 12 steps are not enough. Most often, 12 step programmes are advocated as a part of a recovery programme. Since the publishing of The Big Book in 1935 minimal changes have been made. Over 80 years of the same programme have helped millions in different countries, languages, and cultures.

At Clarity we understand that 12 step programmes are an invaluable asset in any recovering addict or alcoholic’s tool box.

Men and women who could not spend more than a day without picking up a drink or a drug are suddenly able to remain abstinent long term. We also know that beyond their abstinence, they start changing in their character because the 12 steps advocate a complete and total psychic change. Integrating the philosophy of the 12 steps helps our patients connect with a global network of other people in recovery.

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