PRO-ACT to reprise 12 Steps for All workshop

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PRO-ACT will offer its popular one-day "12 Steps for All" workshop on Jan. 14, 2012. The program is free and open to all participants who are interested in this self-development process.

Program for change is not just for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders
Philadelphia, Pa.— Dec. 29, 2011 — PRO-ACT announces that it is offering a free “12 Steps for All” workshop on Sat., Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the PRO-ACT Recovery Training Center, 444 N. Third St., Suite 307.
“This workshop is always popular,” said Sean E. Brinda, MSW, CCDP Diplomate, PRO-ACT’s senior peer services coordinator. “It’s a great program for anyone who is interested in living a vibrant, active spiritual life, It doesn’t matter whether you suffer from addiction or not.”
In the 75 years since a group of recovering alcoholics introduced the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), more than 300 groups have adopted the steps as a way to help their members recover from alcohol, drug, food, sex, gambling or a variety of other addictions. The principles have helped countless individuals transform their lives, and the benefits are not limited to individuals in recovery. The original wording of AA’s 12th step suggested that members share the spiritual principles with others, “especially alcoholics,” not “other alcoholics.”
The one-day workshop will show how anyone can apply the 12 Steps to their life. Participants will go through the 12 Steps with a sponsor—someone who has already gone through the process. The instructor is James McGovern, author of Twelve Steps to Change a World. A Philadelphia native, McGovern works as a drug and alcohol counselor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
The workshop is approved for six hours of Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) credits. The board is a private, non-profit corporation that offers voluntary state-level credentialing to the substance-abuse and other behavioral health professionals. Funding for the program is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs through the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.
The workshop is free. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Sean Brinda or Cheryl Poccia 215-923-1661. For information, visit www.proact.org.
PRO-ACT is a grassroots organization with initiatives in public education, policy advocacy and recovery support. PRO-ACT received the 2009 Joel Hernandez “Voice of the Recovery Community” Award from Faces & Voices of Recovery recognizing the outstanding recovery community organization of the year. The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., which hosts PRO-ACT, is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources and opportunities to reduce the impact of addiction and to improve related health issues for the communities of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Council is a PCB Approved Provider and an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, serving southeastern Pennsylvania. 
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12 Step Programs versus Long Term Drug Rehab Programs

A number of individuals dealing with alcohol or drug addiction may perhaps realize 12 Step programs are not capable to lead them to successful recovery. The pros and cons of 12 Step rehabilitation should be taken into account by anyone thinking about joining.

The checklist of advantages and challenges connected with the 12 Step approach to drug rehabilitation can fluctuate according to an individual's requirements, but many individuals take account of the programs' free cost, prompt admittance, and nonjudgmental environment. A number of recovering addicts can learn as they listen closely to the experiences of others, and improve from the guided conversations and ordered approach.

For individuals with social issues, depression, or difficulty identifying with groups, 12 Step rehabs may possibly elevate anxiety. Since the information offered is typically unmonitored by an expert, people may be given misinformation. Medicines to assist with recovery may be taken intolerable by some group participants. Moreover, some individuals be in disagreement at a fundamental level with the 12 Step method and its focus on a Higher Power to aid with recovery.

Over-dependence on the group is yet another possible disadvantage of a 12 Step program, particularly for individuals who are psychologically unstable or do not have sufficient outside support to draw upon. Unlike Non 12 Step long-term drug rehab programs, many people have relapsed immediately after they quit attending traditional 12 step meetings. This is a reflection of how group participants are encouraged to not view the 12 Step sessions as their only resource on the journey to recovery from drug addiction.