February 23, 2017

How to best support a recovering alcoholic / addict

How to best support a recovering alcoholic / addict When our clients leave the clinic, having completed the treatment programme, they have no reason at all to drink or use again. If they have taken on board what has been said and what they have learned and most importantly, if […]
August 23, 2013

12 Step Programme at The Haynes Clinic

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 involves: admitting that cannot control your […]
January 30, 2013

Twelve Step Programmes

I make no apology for the fact that I am a total advocate of 12 Step Programmes as being the best way for addicts and alcoholics to get well, stay well and live a happy and fulfilled life. There are other ways of getting well and I know some people […]
January 7, 2013

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 a person from addiction to recovery […]
January 2, 2013

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 – it comes from a combination of other treatments including those used in Therapeutic Communities. The Minnesota Model subscribes to caring for the […]
December 31, 2012

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 different fields but apart from their past success they had […]
October 21, 2012

Step 12

‘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 is not affiliated to any organisation or political party. It does not advertise – it relies on attracting new members […]
October 17, 2012

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 some sort […]
October 9, 2012

Step 7

‘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 with shame and is something many of us experienced on a […]
October 6, 2012

Step 5

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 admitting them to God or our Higher Power – and also […]
September 25, 2012

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 Twelve Step programme and recovery from addiction. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is […]
September 15, 2012

Step 3

Step 3 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 wording of Step 3 is as follows: “Made […]
September 10, 2012

Step One

“We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable”. This is the fundamental step for anyone wanting a solid recovery – though interestingly it does not state in so many words that you must never drink again. It is about: – admitting – not thinking, […]
September 8, 2012

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 theUKfollow the 12 Step model of recovery and this is for one simple reason – the 12 Step Programme introduced by Alcoholics Anonymous has helped more alcoholics to recover than any other treatment. No medication has proven […]
August 30, 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 Steps themselves start off with us admitting we are powerless over alcohol (or […]
May 28, 2012

How the 12 Step Programme makes us better people!

When we stop drinking or using, if we begin to understand and work the !2 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 […]
February 15, 2012

The Twelve 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 […]
June 21, 2011

The Twelve 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 involves: […]