Benefits of 12-Step Integration During Intensive Outpatient Treatment
SOBA College Recovery is an evidence-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. It utilizes a multi-faceted approach to help clients become substance free and eventually thrive. We believe in the effectiveness of individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, supportive housing, medication (when needed), higher education, and job skills training. All of this can be achieved during intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse.
A few years ago, Dr. John Kelly, a Harvard Psychiatrist, published a study about the benefits of 12-step meeting attendance. His study included over 300 young people ages 18-24. He found that young adults suffering from substance abuse who attended three or more meetings a week (and also shared in at least one of those meetings) had higher rates of abstinence. Individuals with lower rates were those attending less than three meetings (or no meetings) on a weekly basis. We have also found this at our young adult drug rehabs New Jersey facility and have incorporated the 12-steps in our outpatient program.
Understanding the 12-Steps During IOP Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs
A number of the owners of SOBA College Recovery are in long-term recovery themselves. They have greatly benefited from 12-step meeting attendance and fellowship. It was in the rooms of 12-step programs where they heard others talk about “giving back” and the importance of “passing it on.” Eager to share the healing and joys of recovery with others, they founded SOBA College Recovery in 2014. The 12-steps provide a purpose and comradery that support drug rehabilitation. You can find the best AA Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings New Brunswick by clicking here. Understanding the 12 main concepts is critical for substance abuse treatment. Here is a list of the 12-steps;
- Admitting to Being Powerless over Addiction
- Accepting a Power Greater than Oneself
- Agreeing to Turn Life over to the Higher Power
- Taking a Moral Inventory of Oneself
- Admitting Wrongdoing to God, Oneself, and Others
- Being Ready for the Higher Power to Remove Character Defects
- Asking God to Remove Shortcomings
- Listing Wrongs and Becoming Willing to Make Amends
- Making Direct Amends When It Is Not Harmful to Do So
- Seeking daily accountability for actions
- Praying to Improve Contact with God and Carryout What Is Right
- Experiencing a Spiritual Awakening and Carrying the Message to Others
It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.
Young Adult Outpatient Drug Rehabs NJ 12 Step Requirement
SOBA’s young adult outpatient drug rehabs NJ addiction programs require attending 12-step meetings. Within 30 days of enrolling at SOBA College Recovery, they must get a sponsor and join a local home group. To be clear, this is not in lieu of treatment nor part of treatment. This is a support system that fosters young adult long-term drug abuse recovery. There are added benefits from attending 12-step meetings, including access to role models, a larger peer group, social supports, the opportunity for service, and the greater development of compassion and gratitude.
SOBA College Recovery has strong ties to the local recovery community. Several SOBA College Recovery Alumni are now full-time students and attend local meetings. They are fantastic role models for the current SOBA College Recovery clients. Once a week, SOBA College Recovery hosts an evening, non-denominational 12-step meeting where we acknowledge recovery milestones with celebration and share our experiences of strength and hope. As clients progress, they become more independent and start going to meetings on their own and begin developing their own network of people they rely on for guidance, strength, support, and experience. This is part of our drug rehabs New Jersey substance abuse program.