12 Steps of Drug Recovery Programs
The 12 steps drug recovery programs give people a framework from which to surrender their addiction, process their experience, and move forward into new patterns. The basic premise of 12-Steps is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substance abuse, but that healing cannot come about unless people with addictions surrender to a higher power. The 12-Step movement can be a force for good for many people, but some struggle with the religious basis of the program. Most drug and alcohol addiction treatments offer alternatives to 12-Step methodology for those who are opposed to the idea of a higher power.
The 12 Steps Traditions
The 12 Traditions speak to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a group, unlike the steps, which are focused on the individual. The traditions are defined in the Big Book, the main governing literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.