No single individual will work the 12 Steps in the same amount of time. A sponsor can aid you in figuring out the timing it should take for you personally to work on each step, as well as guide you through your work.

Programs may vary on their differences between the steps. A.A. states that the 12 Steps are:

  1. “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

What are Some Types of 12 Step Meetings

A Timeline for Working the 12 Steps

If you find yourself struggling with cutting down or quitting the use of alcohol, opiates, stimulants, cannabis, or other mind-altering substances, there are many support group choices, including 12-Step ones. Some of these include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: This everyday person self-help group uses the “Big Book” to help guide the recovery process. A.A. allows members of any age, race, culture, and education.
  • Cocaine Anonymous: C.A. does not discriminate against anyone attending its meetings. It does require the individual to have a strong desire to quit the utilization of any mind-altering substances. These meetings are free, though they do welcome contributions.
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous: C.M.A supports their meetings via member donations. Anyone wishing to abstain from the use of drugs and alcohol is welcome to take part.
  • Marijuana Anonymous: M.A. allows anyone to attend their meetings as long as they are wanting to maintain sobriety from mind-altering substances, especially cannabis.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: N.A. began in 1953. It also does not turn individuals away. It utilizes contributions from members to continue with ongoing fellowship. They do not distinguish between any substances, including alcohol.

An Alternative Recovery Center That Has a Basis in the 12-Steps

12-Step programs can play a crucial role in you maintaining your sobriety and continued recovery. Besides peer group support meetings, trained professionals, such as those at Discovery Place in Burns, Tennessee can aid in you finding a life free of alcohol and mind-altering substances. Our alternative recovery program has an amazing combination of trained professionals who utilize a 12-Step philosophy: 12-Step recovery meetings, sponsorship, sustained work on the 12 Steps, and continued events and communication. Call us today at 1-800-725-0922 to start your drug and alcohol-free life!

Testimonials

  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
    Alumni
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
    Alumni
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
    Alumni
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham
    Alumni

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