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 involves:
- admitting that you cannot control your addiction or compulsion. Your life is a mess and you have a problem
- realising you need help and you can get it from somewhere outside yourself
- asking for help
- examining past mistakes and looking at positive and negative aspects of your personality
- admitting these mistakes and characteristics to someone else
- changing the more negative aspects of your character
- making a list of people you have harmed
- making amends for these where possible
- learning to live a new life with a new code of behaviour on a continuous basis
- looking at ways to improve your relationships with people
- helping others who suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.
- Carrying the message and doing your best
The Twelve Steps are now used by other support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA). The original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous are as follows:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- 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 our affairs.
At The Haynes Clinic, most people will be taken through the first 5 Steps during their stay with us. However, we take each individual through at a pace to suit their own personal circumstances. Some people will not get as far as this. Others will progress further. We focus on our clients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
The Twelve Step Programme is NOT a religious programme. Many people with addictions are spiritually depleted, feeling worthless and demoralised. The Twelve Step Programme is a way of helping people to put the past behind them. Make changes in their behaviour and life that need to be made, and living life on a solid basis that can bring happiness. It has been proven time and time again to benefit alcoholics and addicts. There is no other known way with greater success.
The Haynes Clinic is an alcohol rehab and alcohol addiction treatment centre which not only successfully teaches people how to stop drinking but also offers drug rehabilitation treatment. The Haynes Clinic follows the Twelve Step Programme of AA and advocates attending AA after treatment to help maintain sobriety.