The 12 Step Component
In Balance utilizes the many strengths and benefits of 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon. The 12 step component is an essential part of a persons ongoing recovery and sobriety.
A 12-Step program offers the client and additional component to their experience at In Balance and their recovery due to its perspective on addiction being disease which requires ongoing work and assessment of a persons attitudes and actions during the beginning stages of recovery (the Out Patient Program) and after their out-patient program. The community, fellowship and spirituality of 12 step programs in aiding recovery has been an extremely important component of the ongoing sobriety of our many successful graduates from In Balance.
In Balance helps introduce this specific recovery community to clients by inviting members of 12 step groups to share their experience in outpatient sessions. Also, the group may attend 12 step meetings during group times to introduce clients to locations of meetings and members of 12 step communities to help make attendance more comfortable outside of the outpatient program. In Balance also attends 12 step activities such as young people’s events and celebrations to demonstrate how a person can learn to have fun and feel an important part of a recovery community.
During a person’s attendance at In Balance, they are required to attend 4 outside 12 step meetings. The purpose of this is to help them integrate into a long term fellowship of support and like-minded people to ensure they rooted in solutions for their recovery. While In Balance offers aftercare (Monday evenings for Adults and Thursday evenings for Adolescents) the importance of the 12 step component and dedication post In Balance cannot be met solely by the Aftercare. Recovery involves the support, experience and guidance of people whom have already walked this difficult path. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon offer experience, strength and hope to those recovering from addiction and those who love a person who is an addict.
Red Flags for Relapse into Substance Use:
- Fear or lack of confidence about your ability to stay sober
- Reactivating your denial system to cope with this fear or lack of confidence.
- Compulsive attends to impose recovery on others and paying less attention to yourself.
- An increase in defensiveness about your problems or recovery program.
- Rigid, repetitive compulsive behaviors, patterns in work and in interaction with others.
- Impulsive behavior, including over-reaction to stress.
- An increasing pattern of isolation and avoidance of others.
- Tunnel vision- preoccupation with just one area of your life.
- A decrease in realistic planning with an increase in wishful thinking with decreasing ability to concentrate.
- Fantasies of escape, idle day dreams.
- Feeling that nothing can be solved, that your best efforts aren’t working.
- Periods of confusion.
- Irritation with friends or loved ones.
- Increasing episodes of anger, resentment, frustration, and irritability.
- Irregular eating habits.
- Irregular sleeping habits.
- Progressive loss of daily structure with increasing anxiety about inability to get things done.
- Development of an “I don’t care” attitude”.
- Cutting yourself off from available sources of help.
- Dissatisfaction with life. “Things are so bad now, I might as well return to my old ways”.
- Feelings of powerlessness and helplessness about initiating positive actions.
- Thoughts of reassuming old (and destructive) habits, patterns and styles.
- Unreasonable resentments at the world, at particular people or at yourself.
- Acting out in other areas, e.g. compulsively eating, drinking, shopping, smoking, gambling, etc.