A 12 Step Treatment Program for Teens
Turnabout/Stillwater Academy utilizes the 12 step program to help teens learn and develop the important skills necessary to overcome alcohol and drug addictions.
For teens struggling with addictions there are weekly 12 step program groups modeled after the original Alcoholics Anonymous program. With each group, the teens will work on different steps in the 12 step process as part of their program. Teens attend these groups in addition to regularly scheduled therapy, working at to their own speed and progress through each step.
Counselors will help Teens participating in the program and become involved with real AA 12 step groups outside of Turnabout after they have achieved a certain amount of progress. Steps will also be taken to ensure that when teens return home, that they can continue attending meeting and develope a good support group to help prevent relapse. Turnabout helps build a strong foundation and peer group in the recovery process.
Give us a call to find out more about how we incorporate a 12 step program to benefit teens at Turnabout Stillwater Academy.
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|12 Step Program for Teens|
Characteristics of a 12 Step Program: Participants meet as a group to share their experiences, challenge successes and failures, and provide peer support for each other. Many people who have joined these groups report they found success that previously eluded them, while others -- including some ex-members -- criticize their efficacy or universal applicability.
The 12 Steps:
The twelve steps for Alcoholics Anonymous are as follows.
1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We 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 become 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 of our affairs.
(Source: Alcoholics Anonymous)
Other twelve-step groups have modified these steps slightly to refer to problems other than alcoholism.
Turnabout Stillwater Academy Incorporates many of these important aspects into special group therapy sessions specifically designed to help teenagers working to overcome various types of addiction.
Other 12 Step Program Resources to Help Your Teen
12stepforums.net: More about 12 step programs
wikipedia.org: Overview and history of twelve step programs
12step.org: Tools to better utilize 12 step programs
Alcoholics Anonymous: Grandfather of the 12 step program
"When Tom “cradled” and left Turnabout, he said to me, “Mom, thank you for giving me my life back.” He then said, “If I hadn’t gone to Turnabout, I know I would be in the Criminal Justice System right now.”