AA/NA Group Meetings at Bedrock

Anonymous 12 Step programs help reduce some of the stigmas that come with seeking treatment, while helping people achieve their recovery goals.

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Twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) give a standardized approach to addiction recovery, emphasizing physical, mental, and spiritual healing.

At Bedrock Recovery Center, we believe the enduring popularity of these types of programs highlights their effectiveness in supporting long-term sobriety and personal transformation.

Principles Of A 12-Step Program

Twelve-step programs follow a set of guiding principles originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous to help people overcome addiction and maintain recovery.

These principles have been adapted and utilized by various fellowships beyond Alcoholics Anonymous, including Narcotics Anonymous.

While the specific language may vary among different 12-step fellowships, the fundamental principles remain consistent.

Both AA and NA encourage members to work through the 12 steps with the guidance of a sponsor, a more experienced member who can provide support throughout the recovery process.

Furthermore, anonymity is a core principle of both treatment programs. Participants give only their first names during meetings, and confidentiality is emphasized.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA meetings follow 12 principles that emphasize personal responsibility, spiritual growth, and ongoing self-awareness.

AA’s twelve steps are:

  • We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  • 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.
  • 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.

These steps are intended to guide people on a journey of self-discovery and recovery from alcohol addiction.

While the language used in the steps includes references to a higher power, this concept is open to individual interpretation, allowing for a diverse range of spiritual beliefs within the fellowship.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship that follows the same 12-step program as Alcoholics Anonymous to help people recover from drug addiction.

Though the 12 steps were initially developed by AA, the wording has been adapted slightly by NA to address drug addiction beyond alcohol abuse.

While the specific wording and emphasis may vary slightly between fellowships, the fundamental principles of the steps remain consistent.

In addition to the 12 steps, NA meetings outline several guiding principles for its members, which include:

  • unity
  • service
  • recovery
  • spirituality
  • sponsorship
  • open-mindedness
  • honesty
  • willingness
  • hope
  • self-reliance
  • fellowship

As with AA’s 12 steps, the language in NA’s steps allows for individual interpretation of a higher power, making the program accessible to people with diverse spiritual beliefs.

Working through NA meetings with the guidance of a sponsor is a central aspect of the program, promoting sustained recovery from drug addiction.

The Role Of 12-Step Programs At Bedrock Recovery Center

At Bedrock Recovery Center, we offer 12-step programs to give our clients a supportive and understanding community of people who share similar struggles with addiction.

These fellowships create a sense of belonging, reducing feelings of isolation and offering encouragement during challenging times.

Experienced Facilitation

Experienced facilitation is an important aspect of 12-step addiction programs since it influences the effectiveness of the recovery process.

At Bedrock, our facilitators bring a depth of knowledge and understanding of addiction dynamics, allowing them to guide group discussions with sensitivity and insight.

Their experience helps create a supportive environment, fostering trust among participants, providing valuable context, and offering personalized guidance for people at different stages of recovery.

Furthermore, all of our providers have been trained to manage group dynamics, address challenging topics, and encourage personal insights, which contribute to the overall success of the program.

Through their expertise, experienced facilitators ensure that all of Bedrock’s 12-step AA and NA meetings are spaces of healing, growth, and support.

Attendee Participation

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are both based on the principle of mutual support and shared experiences.

Attendee participation creates a sense of community as individuals contribute their unique perspectives, struggles, and triumphs. This is central to 12-step programs’ structures.

At Bedrock Recovery Center, we encourage clients to share openly in meetings not only for personal catharsis, but also to inspire and guide others.

The reciprocal nature of attendee participation reinforces the ethos that recovery is a shared journey, and the strength of the program lies in the active engagement of each participant.

Furthermore, by participating in discussions, individuals gain a deeper understanding of the 12-step principles, helping to internalize these principles for their own sustained recovery.

Accessibility And Inclusivity

Accessibility and inclusivity are important components of the 12-step addiction programs at Bedrock, ensuring that support is readily available to all individuals seeking recovery.

By prioritizing accessibility, we break down barriers that might otherwise hinder participation. This includes considerations for physical accessibility, language diversity, and economic obstacles.

Similarly, we promote inclusivity to create a welcoming environment for people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems.

At Bedrock, we recognize that addiction affects people regardless of their demographic characteristics. By embracing diversity, we make our programs accessible to a broad spectrum of people.

Learn More About Group Therapy And Peer Support At Bedrock

If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction and would like to learn more about group therapy programs such as AA or NA, we can help. Contact Bedrock Recovery Center today.

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) https://www.aa.org/the-twelve-steps
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) https://www.aa.org/aa-and-anonymity
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) https://www.aa.org/sites/default/files/2022-01/en_tt_contents.pdf
  4. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/litfiles/us_english/IP/EN3122.pdf
  5. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/pdf/pr/Info_about_NA_2016.pdf
  6. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) https://www.na.org/admin/include/spaw2/uploads/files/EN3129.pdf

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: January 3, 2024

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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