“The 12 Step program is vital for me. It’s the most important thing in my life. It was the only thing that ever worked to keep me sober, and beyond keeping me sober, it healed my soul and made me a better person.”
–Justin, Cycles of Change alumni
Our 12 step program in Palmdale, CA begins during rehab, and provides help and guidance into long-term recovery.
We believe that using Bill Wilson’s original form of the 12 step program for addiction recovery at our Palmdale center gives patients the most effective base for successful rehab experience.
Created in the 1930s by Bill Wilson, a businessman close to losing everything through alcoholism, along with recovering alcoholic Dr. Bob Smith, the 12 Step Program is a structured system for long-term recovery.
During their first meeting, when “Bill W.” was afraid that he was again going to fall off the wagon, they realized the power of sharing experiences about seeking and keeping sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous was created from this chance meeting and friendship, and “Bill W.” wrote a book outlining 12 specific steps that needed to be followed in order to gain sobriety. Even now, these 12 steps to recovery are used in small support fellowships and by individuals to maintain day-by-day remain sober.
A pure 12 step program closely follows the original 12 steps to recovery. The most important foundation step is that in order achieve control of alcohol a person must accept the fact that they are completely powerless over their drinking, and need to put their faith in a higher power.
Individuals are encouraged to have a personal understanding of the idea of a “higher power”, and are not required to follow any particular religious tradition.
Cycles of Change is faithful to the 12 steps that were first written and have been shown to be the most consistent in terms of their effectiveness.
The 12 Step program is extremely important to me because I wasn’t able to find any other way to stay sober. This was the only way that I could have a spiritual experience and be able to help other addicts. I truly believe that’s what helped me stay sober today.
–Adam, Cycles of Change alumni
Cycles of Change views the 12 Step program as the hub of the treatment wheel, providing a life-long way for those in recovery to keep their sobriety. With other types of therapy supporting the 12 steps to recovery.
Some clients attending rehabilitation at Cycles of Change are learning about the 12 steps for the first time. Others have tried a less structured and “repurposed” 12 step program created around a modified idea of 12 steps, but were not able to remain sober.
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