12 Steps to Recovery

12 Steps to Recovery

If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, or is on the road to recovery, the phrase “12-Step Program” is most likely familiar.  These programs originated with the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, commonly called AA, back in 1938. Since the forming of AA, many other types of 12-Step Programs began to flourish, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and various food, sex, and gambling programs.

The goal of a 12-Step Program is to help an individual in their recovery journey by treating the person holistically in their mind, body and spirit. Faith and spiritual aspects play a large role in many 12-Step Programs, as this faith practice (which is affiliated to any religion) helps provide strength, hope and direction to an addict. The “12 Steps” also takes a closer look at one’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional areas of life. The addict will work his was through his substance abuse issue and why there is a lack of self-control. He or she will also begin to develop a moral consciousness, denying some of the things the “self” wants and letting go of selfishness. By having more self-awareness, the addict can look deeply into many areas of his or her life that need to be addressed. The 12-Steps also encourages addicts to allow God to give them the direction and power they need to continue on the recovery journey and eventually overcome addictive behavior.

If you are unfamiliar with the 12-Steps, here is quick look at the principles of each one:

  1. Admitting Powerlessness  – In step one, an addict will admit and submit to the fact that he or she has no power over their addiction.  The addict will also admit that his or her addiction has made life uncontrollable.
  2. Finding Hope – In the second step, the individual will come to realize there is a greater spiritual Power that can help them find hope on their journey.
  3. Surrendering – In the third step, the individual makes the decision to give his or her life over to God.
  4. Taking Inventory – The fourth step is where an addict delves deep and makes a moral inventory of himself and his actions.
  5. Sharing the Moral Inventory – In step five, the addict will admit his wrongdoings to himself, God and another individual.
  6. Being Ready – Here, the addict prepares and is ready to let God remove his or her defective character traits.
  7. Asking God for Help – In step seven, the individual will ask God to remove his or her weaknesses and inadequacies.
  8. Making a list of Amends – Step eight is where the individual will list out all of the people in his or her life that were harmed in some way by his or her actions, and becomes willing to reach out in order to make amends.
  9. Making Amends – Step nine continues part of step eight with the addict making amends to those he has harmed, except in circumstances the amends would harm or injure someone.
  10. Continuing Inventory – In this step, the addicted person will continue to take a moral inventory in his actions and behavior and will admit when he is wrong.
  11. Praying And Meditating – Step eleven solidifies the addict’s continuous contact with God through meditation and prayer in order to seek out God’s will for his or her life.
  12. Helping Other People – As a result of following all of the 12 – Steps, the addict will carry the message of the steps to other people living with addiction and continue to practice all of the above-mentioned principles in his daily life.

While going through a 12-Step Program, the individual will have a sponsor; a sponsor is someone who has successfully completed all 12 Steps and is seeking to help someone else who is at the start of their journey. The addict will build a strong one-on-one relationship with his or her sponsor over time, and the sponsor will share his or her story and keep the addict accountable.

If you listen to any of the thousands of testimonies of addicts who went through a 12-Step Program, there is no denying their effectiveness. These types of programs believe that addiction infiltrates all areas of a person  – body, mind and spirit – and that the proper treatment for addiction is lifelong abstinence.

If you or someone you know wishes to become sober and is beginning the road to recovery, be sure to search for 12 Step Programs via Orangetown Drug Treatment Centers. 12-Step Programs are open to all and can give an addict the support and hope they need. Just give our recovery advocates a call today at (845) 200-3509

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse in Orangetown, NY

People struggle with a number of substance addiction problems, including legal drugs, prescription medications, and illegal street drugs. Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a growing issue across the United States, with more people using prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons than ever before. Most prescription drug abuse concerns three classes of drugs: opioid painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants.

Prescription Drug Statistics

Even though illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin continue to get most of the media attention, rates of prescription drug abuse and addiction continue to skyrocket across America. According to statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Americans consume 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs despite accounting for just 5 percent of the global population. Opiates account for well over half all abuse cases, followed by sedative benzodiazepines and stimulants.

Prescription Drug Categories

Most prescription drug abuse involves three classes of substances, each of which has its own challenges when it comes to treatment. Opiates are the most widely abused class of prescription drugs, representing over half of all cases according to NIDA. Common opiate medications include morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone among others. Opiates are available as single-ingredient or multiple-ingredient medications, with the later including the brand name drugs Vicodin and Oxycontin.

Sedatives are the second most widely abused prescription drugs, including barbiturates and benzodiazepines. While barbiturates are rarely prescribed in the 21st century, benzos such as Valium and Xanax are widely available and used recreationally to induce sedation. Stimulants are the third most commonly abused prescription drug class, including the trade name drugs Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. Unlike opiates and sedatives, stimulants do not produce physical-somatic withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation, with users instead experiencing emotional and motivational symptoms.

How are Prescription Drugs Abused?

Prescription medications are abused whenever they are taken for non-medical reasons. While opiates and sedatives are normally abused for recreational reasons, stimulants are also abused to enhance performance and increase mental and physical energy. There are many ways to misuse or overuse prescription medications, with abuse taking place whenever someone uses these drugs in a different way than originally prescribed. Common methods of abuse include increasing dosage levels, combining medications, using drugs prescribed for someone else, and using a different method of administration than intended. For example, in order to induce a more potent effect, some people crush up pills and tablets in order to inject them intravenously.

Prescription medications can be sourced in many ways: from friends and family, directly from doctors, or on the black market from drug dealers. Prescription opiates are often sold as an alternative to heroin, either directly with the consumer’s knowledge or indirectly as a cheaper or more readily available substitute. The same can be said for prescription stimulants, with these drugs sometimes sold as an alternative to amphetamine and methamphetamine products.

Let Orangetown Drug Treatment Centers be your recovery resource guide. Just give us a call today at (845) 200-3509.