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The Importance of 12 Step Principles in Addiction Treatment

CHICAGO, July 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 12 step recovery principles help those struggling with addiction develop a healthy self and a connectedness to a Higher Power.

"Facilitating a lifelong recovery process is the goal of our treatment program," said Samantha Hicks, MA, LCPC, CADC, assistant director of clinical services at Timberline Knolls. "We recognize that a challenging phase of an individual's recovery begins when they leave residential treatment. This is why continuing to participate in 12 step meetings is critical to long-term recovery."

At Timberline Knolls, 12 step facilitation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), expressive therapies, family systems, and spirituality are used to treat those struggling with alcohol and other substance use, eating and mood disorders, as well as trauma. There's also an emphasis on a holistic, medically-informed approach of healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Hicks describes the utilization of 12 step principles in treatment at Timberline Knolls in this video:

Residents at Timberline Knolls engage in the 12 step community by participating in:

  • 12 Step Meetings – These are open to all residents. Residents are offered three options daily to engage in meetings, including: on-lodge facilitated by a peer; on-site facilitated by a member of the community; and off-site meetings when they are safe to leave campus.
  • Intro to 12 Step – This is an opportunity to connect with 12 step programs through literature, recovery stories and peers sharing with others.
  • Celebrate Recovery - For Christian program residents at Timberline Knolls, 12 step meetings are available where the focus is on God and His power to heal.

In addition to AA, other types of meetings are available including: Narcotics Anonymous, Eating Disorders Anonymous, Al-Anon, Codependents Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and Families Anonymous.

About Timberline Knolls:

Timberline Knolls is a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls, ages 12 and older, with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. An adult partial hospitalization program (PHP) is also available in nearby Orland Park, Ill., for women to step down or direct admit. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls and Twitter – @TimberlineToday.

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