Twelve step community help groups are mutual support groups that provide a framework for individuals struggling with addiction or other behavioral issues to work towards recovery. The groups are based on the principles outlined in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and encourage members to develop a spiritual connection, take personal inventory, make amends, and help others. Meetings are typically peer-led, confidential, and non-judgmental, and members are encouraged to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. Twelve step groups are open to anyone seeking recovery and are free to attend, with the only requirement being a desire to stop engaging in the addictive behavior.
A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that individuals who participated in twelve step programs had higher rates of abstinence from drugs and alcohol than those who did not participate. The study also found that participants who attended more twelve step meetings had greater improvements in mental health and overall well-being.
Another study published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases found that participation in twelve step programs was associated with lower rates of substance use, reduced criminal activity, and improved employment outcomes. The study also found that individuals who participated in twelve step programs were more likely to engage in ongoing recovery activities, such as counseling and peer support groups.
In addition to improving substance use outcomes, twelve step programs have also been shown to improve social support and sense of belonging. A study published in the Journal of Social Service Research found that individuals who participated in twelve step programs had higher levels of social support and reported feeling a greater sense of belonging to a community of individuals in recovery.
Twelve step programs have been shown to be cost-effective compared to other treatment options. A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that twelve step programs were associated with lower costs and greater cost-effectiveness compared to other treatment options. This is particularly important given the high cost of addiction treatment and the limited availability of affordable treatment options.
Highlife Recovery is committed to following the guiding principles and core values of the Recovery Model supported by:
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS Certified)
CARF International (Accredited)
Highlife Recovery staff strive to provide clients with the highest quality of care and individualized treatment plans. Our interdisciplinary team uses evidence based interventions and modalities to equip clients with the tools to overcome addiction, live a self-directed life and reach their full potential.