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At The Crossroads (ATC) is a superior individualized, client-centered transitional program providing therapeutic intervention (Individual, group, & experiential therapy) to troubled young adult men/women who may be experiencing chemical dependency and/or substance addiction (prescription/otc) issues. The 12 step program was developed by recovering alcoholics over 65 years ago as a means of rehabilitating young men and women struggling with alcoholism. We know this group today as Alcoholics Anonymous, or more commonly known as “AA.” Since its humble beginnings, this curriculum has developed into an effective tool that most recovering young adults still use in terms of rehabilitation.

What are the 12 steps?

The 12 Steps are a set of “guiding principals” that were initially developed for Alcoholics Anonymous. Of course, the renowned group, commonly known simply by its initials, A.A., is now a world-famous group therapy program that is used by millions of severely alcoholic men and women to achieve sobriety.

The Following is the Original List of The Twelve Steps as Bill W. and Dr. Bob Originally Formulated


Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2 – Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3 – Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8 – Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12 – Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Are the 12 Steps Effective in Treating Addiction?

Since the system’s conception over 80 years ago, the overall effectiveness of the 12 steps has been proven to be undeniable.

For proof of its revolutionary impact in rehabilitating addicts, one needs to look no further than its near-century long pervasiveness. “The Steps,” as they are colloquially referred by those who fervently practice them, are now more popular than ever, globally utilized by most clinically-accredited rehabilitation clinics that have since adopted the program’s guiding rules to rehabilitate all types of harmful addictions (rather than singularly treating life-threatening habits that stem from alcoholism).

Humble Beginnings

Despite being the uncontested authoritative guiding treatment in rehabs for over the last eight decades — not to mention, helping millions of addicts achieve sobriety during that timespan — the actual origin of “The Steps” is a surprisingly humble, if not slightly strange one.

The 12 Steps program was conceived in Akron, Ohio by recovering alcoholics, Bill W. (a New York stockbroker), and Dr. Bob (an Akron-based surgeon) in 1939. The peculiar, albeit, groundbreakingly revolutionary duo, carefully designed the 12 steps as a sort of agnostic doctrine to accompany and guide their unknown group therapy program, Alcoholics Anonymous, which they had founded four years prior.

Almost prophetically psycho-and-behaviorally analytical for their time, Dr. Bob and Bill W. knew first hand how a severely addicted individual is almost powerless to their compulsions if left to their own devices and decisions.

It was this notion — the realization that a severely addicted individual is only able to achieve sobriety with the support, kinship, and accountability of fellow struggling addicts — that sparked the ingenuity and eventual conceptualization of what we now know as the 12 Steps.

Does At The Crossroads Use the 12 Steps in Its Treatment?

At The Crossroads is not trying to reinvent the wheel. Rather, we assimilate an already-proven-to-be invaluable rehabilitative tool that is the 12 Steps, with our own provenly effective therapies.

Above all, We appreciate “The Steps'” core values and introduce them to struggling young adults, between the ages of 18 to 25, who are battling addictions, alone.

Accompanying our implementation of the 12 Steps is our own blend of life skills coaching, healthy living skills, and support, the end result of which is a highly personalized and nuanced treatment for our clientele.

Our treatment programs are designed to help develop healthy relationship skills between students, parents, and other family members. These skills are necessary to forge forward toward independence. It is important for parents of struggling adult children to understand; you are not alone. We have an excellent track record among parents and troubled young adults and have assisted thousands in living an independent and successful lifestyle.

12 Step Programs May Help Save Your Troubled Young Adult’s Life

At The Crossroads (ATC) is a top-notch education and vocational training facility and individualized, client-centered transitional program, that provides community service activities and therapeutic intervention (Individual, group, & experiential therapy) to young adult men/women wrestling with failure to launch, learning disorders, and/or substance addiction (prescription/otc) issues. Contact one of our expert admissions specialists at (866) 439-0354 to get licensed support for your struggling young man/woman today!

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