Psychologists used to believe that following a 12-step program was the pinnacle requirement for a treatment program to sustain a patient’s recovery.  Modern science and psychology is now finding that there are alternative programs that can help overcome addiction.  Many centers are now tailoring individual programs to individual needs.  However, the principles of the 12-step program are still foundational for successful treatment.  Below are the foundational principles and purposes drawn from 12-step programs in chronological order.

  1. Surrender – By surrendering a person has finally realized they cannot fight addiction alone.  They need support for the battle.
  2. Aspiration – By aspiring to become better, a recovering addict has hope they will someday be restored and become who they really want to be.
  3. Resolution – The principle here is to go beyond wanting to feel better.  Being resolved to overcome addiction is a commitment to fight against it throughout life.
  4. Self reflection – Knowing why you have addictive tendencies and what triggers them is key in avoiding a relapse.
  5. Healing – In order to properly heal, a wound needs to be cleaned out first.  Using this principle addicts are encouraged to remove any infections before the cleaning process.
  6. Core Change – While healing an addict may realize they have underlying character issues causing them to hurt themselves or others emotionally.  For a person to have lasting change they need to be willing to change to the core.
  7. Camaraderie – This principle teaches that you cannot do it alone.  You will have to admit your weakness before you can lean on the strength of others.
  8. Restoration – Restoration is a holistic process.  Humanity is interconnected.  As you repair any hurts you have caused to others you will also be repairing yourself.
  9. Courage – Admitting you were wrong is not easy.  Asking for forgiveness takes courage.
  10. Refreshing – The battle against addiction is lifelong.  This principle teaches that you will need to continually renew all aspects of your recovery, including these twelve principles.
  11. Mindfulness – Mindfulness is the principle of being present in the moment.  As a mindful person you will never stop growing into your true potential.
  12. Selflessness – Being a selfless person give you the ability to get out of your own head and help the world around you.  

By practicing these fundamental principles people can enjoy lifelong freedom from relapse.  Furthermore these principles are applicable to all of life.  As a person learns these principles in treatment, they will be better prepared to enjoy life’s adventure fully.


The Springboard Center wants to change the way the Permian Basin and beyond approaches substance abuse. Our residential treatment programs offer an opportunity to restore the health and dignity of clients and their families. Call us today for information on our programs for addiction and alcoholism: (432) 620-0255