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12-step addiction program

A 12-step program, originating as the Twelve Steps through Alcoholics Anonymous, is a spiritually focused recovery program. 12-step programs have since been expanded to all types of recovery programs, and their model of encouraging peer support, vulnerability and service is popular among those in recovery.

12-step programs are often marked by the following characteristics:

  • Outpatient. 12-step meetings can fit into your normal routine, whether you choose to attend them daily, weekly or monthly. You can go to work, tend to your home and meet your daily obligations while attending meetings on a cadence that works for you.
  • Lifelong skills. The 12 steps aren’t a philosophy that you only live out during meetings. What you learn in the meetings can be applied to your everyday life, because being sober is now part of who you are. 
  • Mentorship and menteeship. A key tenet of 12-step programs is their sponsor program, which pairs an individual beginning their recovery journey with another individual who has completed the 12 steps and has been committed to their sobriety. Once you have attended the program long enough and feel confident in your sobriety, you can transition into being a sponsor for someone who is just starting their recovery.
  • Continuous support. The 12 steps can help you through your addiction, recovery, and sobriety at all stages throughout the process, good and bad. The people you meet along the way will truly become part of your world and your support system.
  • Semi-structure. 12-step programs are often not structured in the traditional sense that you follow a set schedule and attend specific programming. Rather, they get their structure from abiding by the philosophy of the 12 steps. This is a good option for those who have completed more intensive addiction treatment and are looking for continuous and sustainable recovery support. This naturally means that 12-step programs often have less built-in accountability, because you don’t have to report to anyone or abide by rules like drug and alcohol testing.

Sober living program

In a sober living facility, you can expect the following:

  • Holistic residential support. You will find support everywhere you look in a sober living home, from fellow residents to counselors to dieticians to yoga instructors.
  • Community. Every day, you will be living with other men or women in recovery. You may not have the same backgrounds or stories, but you will find common ground by virtue of your shared commitment to your recovery and sobriety.
  • Independence and autonomy. Every program is different, but sober living facilities are generally less intensive than inpatient treatment and will allow you to have more autonomy and independence with your recovery and daily routine
  • Career support. Some sober living facilities Getting a job, recreational therapy, more free-spirited
  • Recreation. Sober living facilities aren’t just counseling all day. In fact, recreational therapy is one of the most valued forms of treatment in sober living.
  • Expectations and accountability. Rules are integral to the structure of sober living programs. Common rules might include being home by a curfew, staying sober, conducting regular drug and alcohol testing, and having to be detoxed before arriving at the home. 

Which program is right for me: 12-step or sober living?

Both 12-step programs and sober living programs provide community skills that help sustain lasting recovery. They both emphasize the power of interpersonal relationships and personal growth in recovery and sobriety.

12-step programs are often longer-term, whether you are a participant or eventually transition to becoming a sponsor. They become part of your regular routine and help keep you on track if you encounter any challenges during your recovery. Sober living programs, on the other hand, offer a fixed duration to help you transition back into your daily life as a newly sober individual.

Pursuing the 12 steps and sober living in tandem is often beneficial for people in recovery. Many sober living programs incorporate the 12-step philosophy, so you can seamlessly transition from sober living to attending 12-step meetings.

Real Recovery offers sober living programs for men and women who are ready to take charge of their recovery and sobriety. Reach out today at 855-363-7325 to learn more.