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12-Step Recovery Program


Trusted Women’s 12 Step Program

There is hope.

Addiction is a complex neurobiological disease. It has a profound effect on the body, mind, and spirit of the sufferer, and those effects can be felt by the friends and loved ones around her. Like many other chronic diseases, it is progressive. If left untreated, addiction can be fatal.

The good news is that recovery, healing, and a return to a life of purpose are possible. There is hope.

Hannah’s House offers 12-Step education that can provide the direction and support women need for lasting sobriety. The 12-Step recovery program and its network of fellowships was originally created to help its members develop a relationship with a Higher Power — whatever that may mean to the individual — and learn to live with honesty and faith through a model of sober, healthy living.

Integrated Clinical, Medical, and Spiritual Services

Hannah’s House, we integrate trauma-focused, evidence-based clinical and medical care for women within the time-honored 12-Step paradigm. We understand that quality addiction treatment designed especially for women must always take into account and address all aspects of wellness, including spirituality.

The professionals at Hannah’s House recognize that healthy neuropathways are actually created and enhanced through a person’s ongoing work with the 12-Steps recovery program. This 12-Step work helps to rewire the brain and promote a renewed sense of purpose.

When a woman engages in 12-Step practice, including obtaining a sponsor and sponsoring others, her recovery becomes less about relapse prevention and more about forging a clear path to a happy, joyous life of freedom from addiction. By connecting with a deeper sense of meaning, women pursuing recovery can positively change their lives as well as impact the lives of their loved ones.

We support the 12-Step recovery program paradigm because:

  • Those who actively work the 12-Steps learn to receive as well as offer support
  • 12-Step support is a vital foundation for healthy sobriety
  • 12-Step fellowships provide sober camaraderie
  • 12-Step support provides a path to recovery for family members through programs such as Alateen, Al-Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics

12-Step Practice and Our Hannah’s House Workbooks

By focusing attention on clearly outlined 12-Step study and practice, we empower our female patients for long-term success. A passionate emphasis on actual 12-Step practice (rather than meeting attendance) is one of several key programmatic features that sets our Hannah’s House program for women apart from other addiction treatment providers. Our patients not only learn about the 12-Step recovery program fellowship but also create and enjoy an authentic, personal experience in the process.

Our treatment philosophy is built on several pillars of understanding:

  • Engagement in the 12-Steps spiritual program of action leads to long-term recovery
  • The 12-Steps are meant to be practiced and studied, not simply read
  • 12-Step program fellowships offer freedom from the powerlessness of addiction or alcoholism
  • 12-Step practice continually renews the recovery journey

The multidisciplinary team of Hannah’s House professionals has developed an in-depth 12-Step curriculum that features small groups as well as our own 12-Step workbooks. These workbooks walk each patient through the 12-Step principles in an immersive and engaging approach that brings the “Big Book” to life in a way that empowers each woman to stay sober.


A Spiritual Program, Not a Religious One

At Hannah’s House, we use the 12-Steps recovery program as a gateway to long-term recovery. The 12-Steps are a spiritual program of action, not a religious one. Through our one-on-one engagement with patients, we model healthy ways our patients can connect with a Higher Power of their own understanding.

Our carefully crafted women’s 12-Step program curriculum guides patients toward spiritual principles such as willingness, honesty, and open-mindedness. Through group sessions, we teach each woman personal ways to engage in spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness training that are essential components of our programming. You need not consider yourself a religious person to find fulfillment in 12-Step recovery. Many people struggle with the concept of God or a Higher Power before they come to Hannah’s House.

Recovery That Is Abstinence-Based

Steps are an abstinence-based program that provides ongoing support to anyone hoping to live a sober life. To achieve remission from alcoholism or addiction of any kind, complete withdrawal of all mind-altering substances is often necessary. Abstinence-based recovery teaches us how to live free of these substances in order to cope with daily life challenges. For those needing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), we offer life-saving medications that are not mood-alerting.

Support for the Entire Family

There are ongoing 12-Step groups based on the philosophy that recovery is for the entire family. Some of these groups focus on the person with addiction while others guide women and their families in their own journeys of recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous is the most widely available 12-Step recovery program, and meetings can be found in virtually every city nationwide. Our Hannah’s House Alumni Care Team provides recommendations for solution-based meetings with a solid foundation of support. We familiarize the women in our care with 12-Step meetings during their time with us and connect them with 12-Step resources in their own communities as part of their Hannah’s House Continuing Care planning.