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12 Step Facilitation

What is Twelve Step Facilitation?

Recovery is a lifelong journey, and Gateway assists all patients during their treatment stay to pack a tool kit and draw a map to keep recovery on track. Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF) is an evidence-based curriculum demonstrated through much research, including the eight-year multi-site Project MATCH post-treatment outcome study, to be effective in significantly reducing subsequent use. The goal of 12 Step Facilitation is simple: Facilitate active involvement in a 12-step fellowship (TSF Manual), exampled by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and others.

As part of the treatment program offered at Gateway, all patients are encouraged to attend twelve-step meetings, onsite and in the community, as a component of the service model. Twelve-Step Facilitation is an internationally utilized clinical curriculum delivered by a counselor which provides education regarding how patients can incorporate 12-step groups into their personal recovery plan, coaching on engagement, as well as exploration of ambivalence and past experience.

Benefits of Twelve Step Facilitation

  • Explanation of the 12-step concepts, the history and role in recovery
  • Active support of initial involvement in 12-step programs like AA/NA
  • Opportunities to discuss experiences from 12-step meetings
  • Reduction of anxiety about attending 12-step meetings
  • Creation of a forum to ask questions and explore concerns

Benefits of Attending 12-Step Meetings after Treatment

  • Support and fellowship – Attending meetings builds a support system and relationships with others with shared experiences.
  • Structure and routine – These meetings give individuals a fixed meeting to attend and add structure to their days.
  • Accountability – Individuals will be held accountable for attendance and their work toward lifelong recovery.
  • Availability and access – Twelve-step meetings are available at many times of the day, nearly everywhere, and do not require medical insurance or attendance fees.
  • Guidance – Many groups encourage those who are newer to recovery to develop a relationship with individuals who have been in recovery for a longer period of time for support.

“Recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorders can require significant lifestyle changes. Although there is no single route to recovery, having a healthy peer support network is oftentimes vital to the development of a recovery-based lifestyle,” says Dr. Mark Zissman, program director at Gateway Gurnee and Lake Villa. “Many people feel anxious about the prospect of developing new relationships with other people in recovery that they can both identify with and utilize for support. Twelve Step Facilitation group can help clients that are interested in the 12-step support gain familiarity with the basic tenants of a 12-step foundation, and develop the connections they need to maintain lifelong recovery.”

Gateway’s Commitment to Lifelong Support

Sustaining a healthy lifestyle once you complete treatment requires a solid commitment and a strong recovery support network. Gateway encourages all alumni to participate in alcohol- or drug-related peer support groups and other local Recovery Community events. For help with drug or alcohol addiction, give us a call at 877.381.6538.