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Should I Change 12-step Programs?The first 12-step group was founded in 1938, and since then 12-step programs have been a part of many individuals’ paths to addiction recovery. The programs were originally geared toward alcohol addiction recovery, but specific groups have since been created to address other substance abuse or compulsive behavior issues. 12-step program attendance provides support during and after addiction treatment and encourages and enables a sober lifestyle. While 12-step programs can provide many benefits for Tennessee addicts, finding the right group for you is essential to the effectiveness of any treatment option.

How Do 12-step Programs Help Tennessee Addicts?

A long-term goal of 12-step programs is to help recovering addicts find and define a drug-free identity. Addiction takes over an individual’s life, and a large part of recovery is learning who you are and establishing an identity, social circle and lifestyle that supports your recovery. By hearing success stories and learning what strategies and actions have and have not worked for others, Tennessee addicts can strengthen and shape their own recovery path. However, finding the right group is essential, as you should be able to relate to fellow 12-step members and benefit from their experiences and support.

How Do I Find the Right 12-step Program?

In The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction Robert L. DuPont writes that, “In most communities, there are several groups and, in larger communities, hundreds of Twelve Step groups that meet each week.” If you do not fit in with a certain group, or if it does not address issues specific to your recovery and personal growth, there are other options for continued group support. If the concepts or structure of 12-step programs do not fit with your individual recovery needs or personal beliefs, there are other support group, mutual aid and self-help systems in place and widely available. These may include programs such as the following:

  • SMART recovery
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety
  • Culture-specific support groups
  • Gender-specific support groups

If you do not find the supportive and understanding community you are looking for with one group, you may be able to move forward with your recovery by turning to a different or additional option for community support.

Finding Addiction Recovery for Tennessee Addicts

If you are ready to put addiction in your past, let us help you find a community of peers and professionals that will support your recovery. Our admissions coordinators will match you or a loved one to the treatment program that best fits individual recovery needs. We are here 24 hours a day, and all calls are free and confidential, so please don’t wait to get the help you need.