The 12-Step Method of Recovery Makes All the Difference In Beating Addiction
Ocean Hills Recovery pioneered a treatment program that combines the 12-Step Method of Recovery to treat Alcoholism with the Bio-Psycho-Social Model.
Why is step 1 of the 12 steps method of recovery oftentimes the hardest step for a person to take? Before we delve into that, you may be asking what the first step of the 12 steps is.
Step 1: Admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion
So, to admit that you are addicted is to admit you are not in control. That is a scary notion for most people in the world. To feel in control is to have power, to have “it all together.” If you are not in control, it’s like admitting that you are powerless or that you cannot manage yourself around the alcohol that you are addicted to. Maybe you don’t care what other people will think of you and whether or not you are in control. But admitting to yourself that you are not in control may be the most difficult thing to do.
What many people don’t realize is that once they can admit that there is a problem that they cannot control, freedom from alcohol begins. Freedom comes after you admit that you need help to control your addiction. Thankfully once you admit that you do need help; more than likely, people will be more willing to help you. If you keep denying your addiction, there may be less people willing to help you.
Why is Step 1 of the 12 steps so important?
Simply put, if you aren’t ready for Step 1, then you aren’t ready for treatment. If you cannot admit that you have a problem, and think that you can handle your drinking on your own, your chances of successful recovery are extremely low. If you think that you can stop whenever want, then do it. What you may realize when you try is that you cannot stop and really need help to do so.
If you or someone you love is battling with addiction to alcohol, please reach out for help.
About the author:
Nicole earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at California School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral thesis was a grounded theory study exploring the role of alienation and connectedness in the life course of addiction. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma. She is certified in DBT and EMDR, two of the most highly regarded evidence-based methods in psychotherapy. Dr. Doss is a strong LGBT advocate and provides open and affirming support to her LGBT clients.
Dr. Doss’s earlier education included graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in June of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While there, she received honors recognition by Psi Chi and Golden Key honor societies.
Nicole has been working with alcoholics and addicts in our California drug and alcohol rehab center as an advisor and counselor for many years. She is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to her clients. Her main focus is on integrating the 12 Step and disease models of addiction with experiential therapeutic theory. She is married to Greg; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.