23rd August 2013

12 Step Programme at The Haynes Clinic

What is a 12 Step Programme? At The Haynes Clinic we follow the 12 Step Programme which was originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism. This is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. In summary it […]
23rd July 2013

Pills Anonymous

Pills Anonymous Prescription medications In the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous people were rife with addiction to prescription medications. There was little divergence for the early members between those who abused pills along with their alcohol and those who did not. Some of the early literature and stories in AA are […]
19th February 2013

Be open to the possibility of a Higher Power

Be open to the possibility of a Higher Power It does not matter whether or not you have a so called Higher Power before going into recovery. At this point it will not necessarily affect your chances of getting and staying sober. We all have an equal chance of ‘getting’ […]
17th February 2013

What is a Higher Power?

What is a Higher Power? Lots of people are put off attending Alcoholics Anonymous or other recovery support groups which follow the Twelve Step Programme. This is because they think it is a religious programme. The steps about coming to believe that a ‘power greater than ourselves could restore us […]
10th February 2013

What is a sponsor?

What is a sponsor? Everyone working a Twelve Step Programme and attending Alcoholics anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous (or any other recovery meetings) should have a sponsor. A sponsor is a guide who will take you through the Twelve Steps and be there for you throughout your recovery. Having a sponsor […]
30th January 2013

Twelve Step Programmes

The Twelve Step Program The 12 Step Programme is arguably the best way for addicts and alcoholics to get well, maintain sobriety and pursue a enriched life. There are other ways of getting well too, yet the 12 step program has worked for millions and proved to be highly successful. […]
26th January 2013

Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholism and alcoholics anonymous ‘Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety’. This is the power of AA – it sets it apart because it […]
7th January 2013

The 12 Step Programme and Rehabilitation

The 12 Step Programme and Rehabilitation The original twelve steps were published by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in 1939 and thanks to their undeniable success, the overwhelming majority of community recovery and support groups now follow similar principles and guidelines. A 12-Step program has an explicit framework that aims to guide […]
2nd January 2013

The Minnesota Model of 12 Step Treatment

The Minnesota model of 12 step Treatment The model is so called because it originated in Pioneer House, in Minnesota over 60 years ago. There is nothing unique and original about the Minnesota Model of 12 step treatment. It comes from a combination of other treatments including those used in […]
31st December 2012

How Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Step Programme came about

How alcoholics anonymous and the 12 step programme came about In 1935, two men met in Akron, Ohio. One was Bill Wilson, who had been a financial hotshot on Wall Street in his successful days; the other was Dr. Bob Smith, a noted surgeon. Both had been successful in entirely […]
7th November 2012

Influencing our journey in recovery

Influencing our journey in recovery Some of us believe in fate and that much of our lives are pre-ordained. Others of us believe we have to make our own luck in life. My own views are something in between the two – having a higher power (God) in my life. […]
21st October 2012

Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous – ‘Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs’. Alcoholics anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is not affiliated to any organisation or […]
17th October 2012

Step 11

Step 11 ‘Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand him. Praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out’. This step is a particularly difficult one for most people because it seems to ask for […]
13th October 2012

It’s the little things

It’s the little things This saying “it’s the little things” has a host of meanings. Those of us in active addiction can drink or use on little things – something someone has said to upset us, a bad day at work, someone cutting us up at the traffic lights etc. […]
12th October 2012

Step Nine of Alcoholics Anonymous

Step Nine of Alcoholics Anonymous Step nine of Alcoholics Anonymous – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others This is the step in which we take action. We take responsibility for our past behaviour. If we completed this step […]
9th October 2012

Step 7 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Step 7 of Alcoholics Anonymous Step 7 of Alcoholics Anonymous – ‘Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings’. The key word here is ‘humbly’ meaning that it requires humility. The problem that many people have with this step is that they confuse humility with humiliation. Humiliation is usually something associated […]
6th October 2012

Step 5 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Step 5 of Alcoholics Anonymous Step 5 of Alcoholics Anonymous – Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. This step is about acknowledging to ourselves what we have done wrong and what are our defects of character. It is also about […]
25th September 2012

Prayer and the 12 Step Programme

Prayer and the 12 step programme A prayer familiar to almost everyone is The Lord’s Prayer and I can relate the central part of this to the 12 Step programme and recovery from addiction. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be […]
15th September 2012

Step 3 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Step 3 of Alcoholics Anonymous Step 3 of Alcoholics Anonymous can be a stumbling block for many people. Not only because it contains the word ‘God’ but also because it involves handing our will over – and many alcoholics and addicts are stubborn and full of self will! The precise […]
8th September 2012

The Twelve Steps Are The most Effective Way Known for Alcoholics To Get Well.

The Twelve Steps Are The most Effective Way Known for Alcoholics To Get Well. The Haynes Clinic is a twelve step treatment centre. Many rehab clinics in the UK follow the 12 Step model of recovery and this is for one simple reason. The 12 Step Programme introduced by Alcoholics […]
30th August 2012

The 12 Step Programme and its benefits as a way of life for everyone

The 12 Step Programme and the principles of living in recovery are excellent foundations for living a fulfilled and happy life. Everyone – not just those people in recovery – would benefit from adopting them. The 12 Step themselves start off with us admitting we are powerless over alcohol (or […]
28th May 2012

How the 12 Step Programme makes us better people!

When we stop drinking or using, if we begin to understand and work the 12 Step Programme, we begin to understand ourselves so much better. When we were at the height of our drinking or using, we lost ourselves and many of us turned into someone that even those closest […]
15th February 2012

The Twelve Step Programme

  At The Haynes Clinic we follow the Twelve Step Programme which was originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism. This is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. In summary it […]