12 Steps and Peer Support

At South Pacific Private we support the AA philosophy that addiction is a disease with emotional and physical components and that this disease can be arrested but not cured, through permanent abstinence from alcohol. An integral part of the therapeutic approach at South Pacific Private is to facilitate client involvement in the 12 Step group relevant to their issues. The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions are the basis of a profound and effective low cost recovery resource that is widely available. 

In 2015, South Pacific Private was recently engaged with Turning Point in Melbourne to conduct the Australian Life in Recovery Survey. The Life in Recovery survey, the first of its kind in Australia, shares the transformative nature of the journey from addiction to recovery. One of its major findings was that 82% of people in recovery are currently attending meetings (12 Step or otherwise).

The survey results highlight not only the changes on an individual level, but also in relation to the people who surround that individual; families, loved ones, partners, children and their community. From there, the change can be seen to clearly extend far beyond that immediate family into the workplace, healthcare system, financial institutions, the legal system and, on a national scale, the economy. See the Life in Recovery Infographic to better understand the outcomes.

During treatment clients are encouraged to work through the first step in a supported and comprehensive process to help them gain insight into their issues. By the time a client leaves treatment at SPP it is hoped that he or she has a significant connection with a 12 Step program of their choice to support their continuing care and relapse prevention plan.

Read one man's personal 12 step journey here to gain more insight into the 12 step process. You can also listen to our webinar series on the Twelve Steps: Steps 1-3 / Steps 4-7 / Steps 8-10 / Steps 11-12

South Pacific Private believes in the Twelve Step Philosophy and encourages meeting attendance for recovering addicts. The only qualification for becoming part of a 12 Step fellowship is a desire to stop your addiction of choice - all ages, races, sex and denominations are welcome. There are also support groups available for the friends or family members of addicts, e.g. Al-ANON. Read more here about the importance of having a sponsor as part of your 12 Step Recovery.

The philosophy and traditions began with Alcoholics Anonymous and have since been adapted to support people recovering from a range of different chemical and process addictions (drugs and gambling to name a few).

The 12 Steps:
1. We admitted we were powerless over... that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted to it.
11. We 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 steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Additional Reading and Support: 

  1. Research on the impact of 12 Step Programs on Treatment Outcomes
  2. Recovery in the Real World - Australian National Survey on Recovery
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aa.org.au/
  4. Al-Anon Support Groups (For friends, carers and family): http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/australia/
  5. Gamblers Anonymous: http://www.gansw.org.au/
  6. Debtors Anonymous: http://www.debtorsanonymous.org.au/