12 Step Completion Program
Alcoholism and addiction are chronic, devastating diseases, but with the right treatment, they can be tackled and overcome. At Brazos Recovery Services, we offer a fully integrated 12 Step Completion Program, not only guiding you through every step but offering practical application. It is not an easy process, and in no way are we suggesting that once the 12 Steps are complete, your journey is over, because that is what recovery is – a journey – and it is ongoing.
We believe that recovery is a new and improved lifestyle in which a set of spiritual principles must be adopted and practiced daily in order to continue on your path of sobriety. The 12 Steps is a model founded by Alcoholics Anonymous and has helped millions of people worldwide overcome their battle with addiction. We believe it can help you too.
Our cumulative experience in the recovery community has inspired our vision for Brazos Recovery Services. We are recovered alcoholics and drug addicts, so we, more than anyone, understand the pain and frustration of the bindings and constraints of addiction.
We have been down every dark and twisted road you can imagine, have visited countless doctors, psychiatrists, treatment centers, detox centers, hospitals, psych wards, and even jail.
We know what it is to lose our children, loved ones, dignity, hope, freedom, and quite often our mental and emotional stability. For many years we tried to manage our drinking or drug use by our own standards.
A common false belief among addicts is that we can manage the consequences of our shortcomings, promising our loved ones that we will not use drugs or drink again, while hoping that somehow, someday, we will still be able to drink or use drugs like other people.
But this is when we are reminded that alcoholism and addiction are chronic diseases, and we can’t do this simply by willpower alone. Just when we thought we had landed back on our feet, we found ourselves under the influence again – back to square one. We continued to do this over and over, falling into the vicious cycle of addiction, and it is enough to drive anyone to the point of mental collapse.
But there is hope.
What we have just described are experiences we at Brazos Recovery Services have endured. Not only have we endured, but we have come out the other side and recovered. Now our thinking is one of hope, and our hope is that you have landed on this page had reached a point where you are willing to do whatever it takes to be free from alcohol and drugs forever.
We hope that you will find freedom as we did. We found a way out, and we hope that you will accept our offer to jump into that dark hole with you to show you the way.
As ex-addicts, we are in a unique position to offer you genuine empathy and transformative results. We have found a new way of life that works. It is our own unique experience with this transforming solution that we are here to teach you and help you put into practice. Helping others to find freedom from addiction and alcoholism is our highest aim. If we can do it, so can you.
If you have been to countless meetings, tried different methods of ‘acting right’, and found that no matter how much you exert yourself, you always find that it is only a matter of time before you suffer another relapse – we can help. There is humility in asking for help, and it doesn’t matter how many times you do this.
We know there have been countless defeats. We are all too familiar with the thought “I’ve tried before, so what’s the use?” but Brazos Recovery Services offers an approach to recovery that works. If you are seeking a permanent solution for a life free from drugs and alcohol, we are here for you.
The 12 Traditions Explained
1 – Unity Over Self
How many times have you tried to overcome your addiction by yourself? Through unity, we can establish a sense of solidarity that places less emphasis on the self, away from isolation and temptation to fall into alcohol and drug use. By working together as a group, we are more likely to overcome our addictions.
2 – The Ultimate Authority
In AA groups, there is no leadership, but one ultimate authority of a loving God. While we have members of the group who may serve the group, none govern. We ensure a sense of belonging for all members of the group by not having any elected leaders.
3 – Eligibility
The only requirement to join the group is the desire to abstain from alcohol and drugs, and this ensures everyone is on the same page. This tradition was created to keep the focus on one thing and keep any other issues coming into group discussions and agendas.
4 – Autonomy
Autonomy allows the group the freedom to make decisions like where and when they will meet, what they will discuss and the format of their meetings, and how and when they will start and end. At the same time, this tradition emphasizes that groups must be careful not to stray from the original purpose of meeting.
5 – Primary Purpose
This tradition is a reminder that the sole purpose of the group is to help those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. While each individual may bring his or her unique struggles to the group, as a whole, the group will uphold and share the message of unity, strength, and hope of overcoming addiction.
6 – Outside Endorsements
Endorsements outside of the group’s mission are not allowed, and this is to preserve the integrity of the group’s primary purpose and message. While individuals may support and endorse any political, religious, or financial party they wish, as an apolitical and independent group, there must be no association with any other organization.
7 – Self-sufficiency
Likewise, the group must be self-sufficient and not accept funding from any outside parties. This allows the group to protect its primary purpose and values, without the pressure of association or fear of controversy with any outside groups.
8 – Nonprofessional
The aim of the group is always to offer free, peer support. It must remain an unpaid, nonprofessional organization in which members can give and take as they need, offering mutual support to one another.
9 – No Central Organizing Body
This tradition places emphasis on members focusing on their core focus and aim of fellowship and mutual support. There may be members who work as secretaries or treasurers, but there is no central organizing body. The group must work together.
10 – An Apolitical Stance
Individuals may have their own political viewpoints, but as a group must remain apolitical. This ensures no outside controversy or detraction from the group’s ultimate aim – to offer support to everyone regardless of their religion or politics.
11 – Anonymity Among Members
Anonymity is vital for any support group, and this tradition places emphasis on this as a key requirement in the recruitment of new members. ‘Attract rather than promote’ is the method by which we aim to bring new people to the group in any media relations.
12 – Principles Above Person
By upholding the anonymity of each member at all times, we place heavier importance on the principles of the group rather than individual needs. This tradition ensures we do not focus on personalities within the group, but instead, the core aims.
We refer to the 12 Traditions often and encourage our clients to do the same, familiarizing themselves with each one. By instilling these into our daily lives, we ensure we are all on the same page. While there is a lot to take in and learn from these 12 Traditions, we are all here to support one another on our journey in recovery. If you have any questions about the 12 Traditions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.