The 12 Steps are the foundation of an effective drug and alcohol treatment program. For decades, many drug treatment facilities nationwide have adopted 12-Step philosophy as a way to help those new in recovery develop a deep sense of spirituality that is needed for sobriety to flourish. The deep sense of inner peace, self-esteem and community that 12-Step programs give to recovering addicts is immeasurable. However, for those of Christian faith, they often desire to dig deeper into the spiritual meaning of the steps and connect it with the word of God.
For those who attend drug treatment at a Christian rehab center, their individual treatment plan involves a Christian 12-Step program that takes traditional step work and infuses it with Scripture to give those new in recovery a unique opportunity to address both their addiction and spiritual issues. In many ways, those who work a Christian 12-Step program view each step as a blueprint from God on how to live a peaceful and happy life. If you are seeking to overcome your addiction to drugs and alcohol while strengthening your relationship with God, contact Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today to learn more about our Florida Christian 12-step treatment programs.
The Connection Between the Twelve Steps and Christian Faith
The concept of the 12 Steps had its origins in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Co-founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the structure and philosophy of AA was rooted in the teachings of the Oxford Group which was a religious organization looking to reinstate Christian beliefs and values back into society after the first World War. Meeting in homes and in hotel rooms, the teachings of the Oxford Group were based on six fundamental principles:
- Human beings are sinners.
- Human beings can be changed.
- Confession is a prerequisite to change.
- The changed soul has direct access to God.
- The age of miracles has returned.
- Those who have been changed are to change others.
Wilson added on to these core principles in order to create the 12 Steps that we know today. In the early stages of AA, both Smith and Wilson attended Oxford Group meetings on a regular basis and Wilson originally creates six steps or principles which are as follows:
- We admitted that we were licked, that we were powerless over alcohol.
- We made an inventory of our defects or sins.
- We confessed or shared our shortcomings with another person in confidence.
- We made restitution to all those we had harmed by our drinking.
- We tried to help other alcoholics, with no thought of reward in money or prestige.
- We prayed to whatever God we thought there was for power to practice these precepts.
Wilson eventually refined and added onto these principles in the late 1930’s, and with these revisions the Twelve Steps that we know today were created.
How The Twelve Steps and Scripture Relate to Each Other
As stated earlier, Christian drug rehab programs infuse Scriptures with the 12 Steps in order to give the Steps themselves deeper spiritual meaning. In fact, each step has a corresponding Scripture verse that helps to reinforce these concepts. For example, the concept of the First Step of AA is powerlessness and that step reads as follows (using the 12 Steps of AA as an example):
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
A verse from the Bible that is used to help strengthen this concept comes from Romans 7:18:
“I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
Another example that can be used is the Third Step of AA, which reads as follows:
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
This step, which centers on the concept of turning one’s life and faults over to God or a higher power is reinforced by the following Bible verse taken from Romans 12:1:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—which is your spiritual worship.”
For those in a Florida Christian drug rehab program, viewing the Steps within a Biblical framework gives the Steps Christian meaning and will provide rich spiritual benefits and a more fruitful recovery experience.
Benefits of a Christian 12-Step Program
Working a Christian 12-Step program will provide numerous benefits for those undergoing treatment at a Christian drug and alcohol treatment center. First, this type of program helps those with deep faith find serenity and peace in God as they continue their recovery journey. The combination of step work and Scripture study helps those new in recovery break from their selfishness and will help them look outside themselves and towards others with faith in recovery. Christian 12-step programs helps people renew their minds on a daily basis and any thoughts or triggers that may lead to relapse are simply turned over to God through 12-step prayers.
Are You Ready to Be Renewed?
Ocean Breeze Recovery Center’s Christian 12-Step program will help you reclaim your life and allow you to become the happy, healthy and spiritual being that God intended you to be. Call us toll-free at 1-855-960-5341 and break free from the chains of addiction for good.