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12-step facilitation groups provide guiding principles by which to live. The program is similar in format to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Our clients learn to take responsibility for their actions while joining a supportive community. 12-step programs promote personal growth and relationship stability.

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health’s Tennessee Mental Health Treatment and Drug Rehab Services, offers a safe space where your confidentiality is protected. Being among others with similar struggles allows for mutual support and respect. 

12-Step Facilitation Group in TRUE’s Tennessee Mental Health Treatment Programs and Drug Rehab Facility

12-step facilitation groups or 12-step programs have been around since the 1930s. The first introduction of the concept was for alcohol addiction. Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) while undergoing rehab. During this time, he discovered what he deemed a Higher Power during detoxification. 

The traditional 12-step model includes:

  1. Admitting one’s powerlessness over drug or alcohol addiction 
  2. Believing that a Higher Power can restore sanity
  3. Choosing to turn one’s life over to the Higher Power
  4. Making a moral inventory of one’s self
  5. Admitting that a problem exists
  6. Preparing oneself to allow the Higher Power to remove the problem
  7. Humbling one’s self to the Higher Power
  8. Creating a list of people impacted by one’s addiction 
  9. Making amends to those people, if possible
  10. Taking a personal inventory of one’s wrongdoings
  11. Seeking prayer and meditation to improve one’s self
  12. Having a spiritual awakening

Individual therapy focuses on each person’s unique needs. This therapeutic approach recognizes specific concerns, and therapists develop specialized goals for each individual. You work collaboratively with a therapist to create a plan that can lead to greater self-awareness.

However, 12-step groups involve two or more individuals working in a session together with a therapist. Having a support system of peers is essential to recovery. During 12-step groups, each participant takes turns expressing their struggles, feelings, experiences, and goals to maintain long-term recovery. 

The therapists can also tailor the sessions to specific topics that benefit each person. Yet, the rewards extend to the entire group. The topics can include avoiding their substance use triggers, strategies for approaching social settings, and building healthy relationships. All of this is accomplished among a peer group who understands and can relate to each other. 

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health in Murfreesboro, TN has specific 12-step facilitation groups that create an environment for each person to find their TRUE authentic self. We consider our programs a safe place of refuge. Each person will have a group to call home, from adolescents to adults. 

How Can You Benefit from a 12-Step Facilitation Group?

Overcoming addiction can be difficult. The challenges can feel overwhelming when attempting to go at them alone. Fortunately, TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health provides resources so you don’t have to. 

Foster Positive Connections 

The 12-step model encourages you to surround yourself with a positive spiritual growth and sobriety environment. By developing positive relationships and hope for the future, individuals feel empowered to continue on the road to recovery.

Build Strategies for Self-Healing

You will build strategies that help guide you through triggering situations among a group of peers. While in the 12-step program at TRUE, you will understand how relapse occurs and develop strategies you can use for long-term recovery. 

Establish Spiritual Grounding

A key component in 12-step facilitation groups at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health uses the model to focus on a power greater than ourselves. Belief in a Higher Power encourages individuals to believe that forgiveness is possible. It’s never too late to start again. Everyone can engage in a 12-step program regardless of religious affiliation or background. You must be open to using prayer or meditation as part of your healing journey. 

Alternative Approaches to 12-Step Programs at TRUE’s Tennessee Mental Health Treatment and Drug Rehab Facility

While the tried and true evidence-based approaches are here to stay, they aren’t the only options. Treatment-resistant disorders might have met their match. While the traditional approaches have proven effective, they don’t always work in isolation for everyone. 

We are all unique beings with complex bodily makeups. For some, treating substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders can be a complicated process. When this happens, they must take alternative measures to get the disorder in check. 

Recovery and rehabilitation facilities around the country are taking a new look at how they treat disorders that don’t respond to traditional methods. 


Non-12-Step is an approach that doesn’t follow a linear path like a conventional 12-step program. Without a non-12-step system, we create a customized plan for aftercare that could include medication assistance and management, detoxification, therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, and more.

Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention is another route our clients can take. This program is a set of techniques our therapists use to prevent our clients from returning to destructive behaviors and thinking. The therapist assists the client with identifying triggers and exchanging them for positive behaviors. The goal for this component of a treatment plan is long-term recovery by preventing addictive behaviors. 

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is self-empowering. It incorporates evidence-based techniques from other therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior therapy (REBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • CBT teaches you how to break down tasks into easier-to-manage steps. This strategy can be applied to all aspects of your daily life. CBT builds confidence and controls impulsive behavior. Individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) gain confidence and can control impulsive and risky behaviors.
  • DBT helps you take part in your therapy. Our therapists recommend DBT as a treatment for addiction because of its effectiveness. DBT combines CBT, mindfulness, and acceptance strategies. It teaches essential skills for managing emotions, impulsive behavior, and relationships. You can set goals, track progress, and decide your treatment.
  • REBT helps you understand unhelpful thoughts that can lead to negative emotions or behaviors. REBT focuses on the moment and what you are feeling. Our therapists help you form new ways of approaching challenges, thoughts, and circumstances. The root of the adverse emotions is addressed so that self-sabotaging behavior can taper off.
  • MI is a collaborative approach to therapy. Your therapist will help you focus on language that will change your thoughts about yourself and your addiction. You explore your reasons for wanting to change and what that means. When done in a supportive environment, it can open up a new way of thinking about yourself and how your actions impact others. 

SMART Recovery focuses on helping you develop valuable skills and strategies to manage substance cravings, cope with impulses, manage setbacks, and make ongoing behavioral changes.

Dealing with Relapse and Setbacks

You must acknowledge and accept the disruption if you experience a relapse or setback during your drug addiction recovery. While you should take responsibility for it, there is no reason to blame yourself or speak negatively about your actions.  

Confide in your 12-step program support group and lean on loved ones, friends, and your sponsor. If you haven’t already, this could be an opportunity to introduce individual therapy into your treatment plan. 

Reflect on the situation and triggers that caused the relapse. Once you can pinpoint the underlying causes and the emotions attached, you allow yourself to grow and learn from them. It’s acceptable to make adjustments and set new goals for long-term recovery. 

The key is to avoid the people, places, and situations that led you to relapse. Then you can engage in activities that promote a healthier lifestyle free from substance use. Continue to practice self-care by getting your body’s necessary nutrition, exercise, and sleep. When you feel better, you make better choices. 

Allow yourself to celebrate small victories along the way. Addiction recovery is a marathon and not a sprint. Remain committed to treatment, therapy, and your 12-step facilitation group. Maintaining a positive mindset in the face of adversity goes a long way. 

Why Choose TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health for 12-Step Facilitation Groups?

After many years of assessing and evaluating services, resources, treatment modalities, and programs, our founder discovered a more in-depth method of treating people struggling with addiction. 

With the hope of receiving better outcomes, TRUE  Addiction and Behavioral Health set out to revive the heartbeat of recovery by motivating Murfreesboro, TN, to be a thriving source providing better resources for recovery. 

TRUE has established a program that examines all four elements of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual in knowing that this leaves the person in a position to strive for success, leaving no room for a possibility for compromise in life, avoiding bringing them back to the state of consciousness in which they have been delivered from. 

TRUE is connected to the concepts of community and provides a community structure within our program. We know everyone is looking for a chance to belong to something in their life, so we provide a pathway for all to discover their belonging and community for a purpose.

Finding the Right Fit for You 

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health’s Tennessee Mental Health Treatment and Drug Rehab also offers a connection of focus on community. We believe in supplying our clients with multiple avenues to find their TRUE connections while in our program and to establish long-term solutions for their aftercare to promote sustainable recovery. 

If you or someone you love is looking for the next step in addiction recovery, TRUE is an environment that believes in celebrating moments of progress at all times. We offer connections to celebrate these achievements. Take the first step by reaching us at