12-Step Program at Banyan Palm Springs

The 12 Steps are a famous program used to help people with substance abuse disorders in the recovery process. This model was originally used by Alcoholics Anonymous to help alcoholics with their sobriety but has since been expanded to treat various addiction problems, including those extending beyond drugs or alcohol. The creators of the 12 Steps, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, believed that lasting sobriety could only be achieved after these steps were all completed. Read on to learn more about Banyan Palm Springs’ 12-step substance abuse program.

What are the Twelve Steps of Recovery in Order?

The original AA 12 Steps can be found in the book titled Alcoholics Anonymous, and are as follows:1

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. 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.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these S\steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

These steps have been useful in helping participants maintain sobriety since its conception in 1939. The benefits of 12 Steps groups are many. This is why they are often found being used throughout the country, and altered versions are often implemented in rehab programs to assist with the treatment of patients. Many of these groups don’t require the spirituality expressed in the original text. For instance, we work to employ the concept of empowerment while also helping patients relinquish control of uncontrollable situations to a higher power when necessary.

Our 12 Steps for Addiction Treatment

Our modified 12 Step program at Banyan Palm Springs is designed to meet the specific needs of our patients and help them progress through the stages of recovery toward a better life. It involves a series of steps and guidelines for best practices for a successful recovery that goes beyond withdrawal treatments at our California detox center.

The 12 Steps address everything from relationship problems to holding the recovering addict responsible for their wrongdoings. When patients go through our 12 Steps for addiction treatment, they will learn that recovery often requires the help of others instead of just willpower alone. Addiction recovery is unique to each person, and everyone progresses through these steps at their own pace.

To help each patient successfully complete treatment, our trained staff members will work with patients individually to ensure that progress is being made. If necessary, we will work with the patient to modify these steps to make sure the individual needs are being met, and progress can continue. Once our 12 Step program for addiction treatment is complete, patients should feel more confident about their sobriety and the idea of a life free from drugs and alcohol.

Using the 12 Steps for Thorough Recovery

At our Palm Springs rehab center, we know that the best way to ensure that our patients stay sober is to help them work through all of the problems that are related to their substance abuse. Several addicts have physical, mental, and emotional symptoms they may be struggling with, so it is important for a program to comprehensively address each issue as it presents itself.

Because we want our patients to be successful outside of our facility, our 12 Step program is just one aspect of treatment. We also expose our patients to a variety of addiction treatment therapies in conjunction with the 12 Steps that are designed to address the ancillary needs of the client as it relates to their substance abuse disorder. These include evidence-based practices and therapies that range from group therapy sessions with peers to yoga. Together our programs are meant to help the patient prepare for life outside of treatment and work toward a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about options for Alcoholics Anonymous in Palm Springs, how we use the twelve steps, and what we can do to help you recover, contact Banyan’s Southern California rehab today.


  1. Alcoholics Anonymous – The Twelve Steps