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. Based on SOBA New Jersey’s own client success we’ve also found this to be true, that’s why during our drug rehab treatment we facilitate and guide our young adult clients into attending and participating in 12-step programs.
Understanding the 12-Steps During The Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
Many team members of SOBA New Jersey are in long-term recovery and understand the value 12-step meetings bring to their sobriety. The 12-steps provide a purpose and camaraderie that support drug rehabilitation.
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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 outpatient addiction programs require attending 12-step meetings. Within 30 days of enrolling at SOBA New Jersey, 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 New Jersey has strong ties to the local recovery community. Several of our Alumni are now full-time students and attend local meetings. They are fantastic role models for the current SOBA New Jersey clients. Once a week, we host 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 substance abuse program.
SOBA New Jersey 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 outpatient treatment for substance abuse.