Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps

Brown Carver

Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps

Formatted by Wally Paton, an Alcoholics Anonymous archivist from Tucson, Arizona, Back to Basics is a reenactment of a 1940’s AA beginner meeting where participants are guided through the 12 steps in four sessions, each an hour long. Originally presented over the course of four weekends, Back to Basics is an experiential workshop which demystifies the 12-step process and gently shows how the steps link together. It has proven to be a powerful tool for newcomers and experienced steppers alike and provides an opportunity to actually make commitment decisions to re-energize an existing 12 step recovery program, or forms the basis for beginning a journey of recovery.

Carver Brown, Alumni Coordinator for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, discovered Back to Basics while visiting other Alumni programs across the country. Brown learned how Back to Basics transformed and re-energized their participants, now Back to Basics is doing the same for Pine Grove. Patients are taken through the program as part of their treatment experience and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Pine Grove now offers the Back to Basics workshop as a public service to the recovery communities they serve. This effort is truly making a difference as healing is taking place within the framework of this recovery experiential.

Pine Grove offers lifetime recovery support services to every patient who completes a Pine Grove residential treatment program. During treatment, Pine Grove creates the foundation for long-term contented recovery and putting that education to work often begins when patients leave the treatment environment and integrate into the real world. The Pine Grove Alumni Program is designed to support the recovery process after treatment through a variety of programs that support our patients’ continued recovery.

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