12 Steps of AA Immersion

BRC Recovery’s Primary Treatment Program is founded upon the 12-Step immersion philosophy. The program lays the groundwork for successful steps to recovery by breaking up the Twelve Steps over 90 days, so clients can fully immerse themselves one step at a time. Clients attend meetings daily, participate in parallel programming, and build fellowship to establish a strong foundation for a lasting recovery.

Although the 12-step program is rooted in Christianity, we apply it in a way that all clients can relate to, regardless of his or her spiritual background.

“BRC Recovery is the place where I learned who I was and what I had been hiding from all my life. If I had gone somewhere else, I’d be drinking right now. The staff all knows what they are doing and they have all been where I have been. This place saved my life.”
-John C

Healing, One Step at a Time

At BRC Recovery, clients have a treatment experience unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Clients are guided through each of the Twelve Steps over 90 days in a structured, supportive environment that lays the fundamental foundation for lasting recovery. Our staff is knowledgeable of the 12-step program, and we offer a unique perspective having personally worked through the program several times. 

Regular daily meetings help clients build relationships so they feel supported, not alone. When combined with a systematic, structured continuum of care that utilizes a holistic approach, 12-Step Immersion offers our clients a solid foundation for the strongest chance of lifelong recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. 

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

  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.
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Where Did The Twelve Steps Originate?

Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson gathered their inspiration for the Twelve Steps from the Oxford Group. They recommended that all difficulties rooted in selfishness and fear could be altered through the power of God by following the “Four Absolutes,” a moral inventory of “absolute purity, unselfishness, love, and honesty through public confession/sharing.” 

The Oxford Group believed in William Silkworth, MD, one of the first medical professionals, who characterized alcoholism as a disease, and American psychologist William James, his philosophy of pragmatism particularly. They also believed in “The Will to Believe” doctrine (by altering the inner attitudes of the mind, we can change the outer aspect of life.) 

Dr. Bob and Bill W. founded AA in 1935 as a fellowship of alcoholics overcoming their drinking issues by working together. The Twelve Steps acted as a blueprint for recovery and a set of guidelines for character and spiritual development. The same purpose is served today by the Twelve Steps. As described by Alcoholics Anonymous, following these guidelines “as a way of life, can expel the obsession of drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.”

What Is The Purpose Of The 12 Steps of AA?

The purpose of the 12 Steps of AA is to recover from uncontrollable and compulsive behaviors and reinstate manageability and order for your life. It’s a method of witnessing behavior as only a symptom, almost like a “check engine” light to figuring out what’s occurring underneath the hood. 

How And Why Do the 12 Steps of AA Work?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, “Twelve Step facilitation therapy is a tried-and-true proven approach.” People are motivated to look within and take an honest look within themselves. From there, a deconstruction process begins to strip away their egos resulting in the rebuilding of self. 

The 12 Steps of AA encourage the practice of:

  • Humility
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Acceptance
  • Forgiveness
  • Compassion

The self-discipline pathways head to the following: 

  • Spiritual growth
  • Positive behavioral change
  • Emotional well being

Do You Have To Be Religious To Follow The 12 Steps of AA?

Even though the 12 Steps of AA were initially based on the principles of a spiritual organization, the world isn’t similar to 1935 when the 12-Step Program and AA were founded. The word “God” was replaced with “Higher Power” to be more attainable to everyone, regardless of faith, beliefs, or traditions. When an individual acquires a Higher Power, it is an extremely personal thing.

A Higher Power doesn’t have to mean God, it is whatever the individual feels is greater than:

  • Self
  • Ego
  • Outside of self

It could also be the following:

  • Fate
  • Universe
  • Karma
  • Medical professionals
  • Their support system
  • The recovery group

What Are The Twelve Traditions?

The Twelve Traditions are linked with the Twelve Steps. The main goal of the 12 steps of AA is to provide personal guidelines for the alcoholic and addict. The primary aspect of The Twelve Traditions is to provide general guidelines for healthy relationships between the members of the group and other groups. According to AA, “By 1946, it became possible to draw sound conclusions about the kinds of practice, function, and attitude that would best suit AA’s purpose.” 

The principles emerged from strenuous group experience, which was systematized by Bill W. in what is known as the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. A successful formula for functioning being achieved and put into practice and unity.

What Does It Mean To “Admit Powerlessness” In Step One?

When an individual admits powerlessness, it’s different than admitting weakness. Even though it might seem backward, when the person struggling admits that they don’t have power, they access the power that they need.

By admitting powerlessness, the person is engaging in the following:

  • Leaning on others
  • Relying on a support system 
  • Asking for help
  • Accepting and admitting that the person is living with a disease that alters the brain 

How Long Does It Take For The Twelve Steps To Work?

There is no fast and hard timeline with the Twelve Steps. They are meant to be addressed in substantial order. However, there is no correct way to approach them. 

The three steps that normally began to occur are:

  • Some individuals never stop working the Twelve Steps because it becomes a part of their life
  • Sometimes, people need to spend longer time on one step than another
  • Some individuals often need a break between steps

Pros Of The Twelve Steps

  • The Twelve Steps are widely organized, known, and established. It is one of the oldest programs around.
  • It is simple to find a meeting where the Twelve Steps are practiced.
  • There is a small to no cost to help those in need – it’s a free intervention to address chronic diseases 
  • Individuals struggling with substance abuse now have access to a supportive network of peers

Cons Of The Twelve Steps

  • There is a lack of official shared success rates due to the anonymous nature of the group
  • Science has yet to prove a genetic link to addiction when the Twelve Steps were created
  • Some individuals aren’t interested in participating in group settings 
  • The steps are criticized for not addressing the needs of individuals struggling with mental illnesses 

What Are Some Alternatives To A 12 Step Program?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies several national groups that provide an alternative approach to the Twelve Steps. 

These groups showcase the following:

  • Emphasize internal control
  • Secular in nature
  • Oppose labels that define past behavior 
  • Develop with altering research in the field of addiction 

SAMHSA includes the following:

  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) 
  • Moderation Management 
  • Women for Sobriety
  • Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery)
  • LifeRing Secular Recovery
  • The Wellbriety Movement
  • Refuge Recovery

Discover A New Path

The Recovery Programs at BRC Recovery are beneficial for anyone struggling with substance use disorder. Even if you or your loved one have attended treatment in the past, coming to BRC Recovery is truly a powerful, life-changing experience. We specialize in treating chronic relapsers and the treatment-resistant, and our proof is hundreds of alumni who are leading healthy lives in recovery as a result of our program.

We also offer unique programs for first responders, victims of trauma, law enforcement officials, and more.

Get Help At BRC Recovery Today

The 12 steps of AA are a powerful tool to help a struggling alcoholic get their life back on track. BRC Recovery specializes in assisting individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Contact us today to get started. 



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-Mark Houston