12-Step Immersion

Our program places a strong emphasis on providing long-term, progress-based recovery support for women over the age of 18. GraceWay Recovery is one of only a few programs in the nation to offer a long-term program that focuses on a design for living by implementing 12-step immersion, job training, and life skills development all while being immersed in a structured daily schedule of groups and meetings.

Our approach, philosophy, and mission, grounded in the belief that permanent sobriety is attainable for anyone, provides hope and motivation for our residents in their recovery journey. By leveraging the unavoidable truths that surround addiction, and implementing principles like honesty and accountability, our program helps residents understand and accept the reality of their disease and work towards recovery.

The use of the twelve steps and inviting residents to have a new experience with them is an important aspect of our program, and it has been proven to be an effective approach to addiction recovery that help residents develop a deeper understanding of the root causes of their addiction and the steps necessary to overcome it. In order for a long-term change to happen, an approach like this in which residents learn how to live by the principles of the 12-Steps, is vital.

Many ask,

“Why offer 12-Steps

over Other Modalities”

The answer is simple. To help them recover.

The 12-Steps offer a design for living, and a clear cut path on a permanently sober lifestyle.

The twelve steps, as popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous, are a widely-used approach to addiction treatment that have helped millions of individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. They provide a structure for addressing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of addiction, that allows individuals to acknowledge their powerlessness over their addiction, take responsibility for their actions, and make amends for the harm they have caused. This process helps individuals to understand their addiction, accept their limitations, and develop the humility and honesty necessary for recovery.

The 12-step program also encourages individuals to seek help and support from others in recovery, which can provide valuable social support, accountability, and inspiration.

“I’ve Tried the 12-Steps and They Didn’t Work for Me”

It’s common for individuals with a history of relapse to feel that they have already “tried” the 12-Steps and that it did not work for them. However, working the twelve steps is not just a one-time event, but rather an ongoing process that requires commitment and effort over time. That being said, we’d like you to take a look at the questions listed below to determine if your loved one really did work the steps as they are intended to be worked.

Did she speak of gratitude, thanks and appreciation for her sobriety, and the opportunity to be of service to others in need?

Did she attend meetings regularly and place spiritual principles (such as honesty & humility) at the forefront of all her affairs?

Did she accept and own responsibility for past mistakes?

Did she adopt new and healthy behaviors?

Did she dedicate a significant portion of her life to the service of others, helping other addicted persons find the same freedom she had been given?

Did she make sincere amends for the harms she has caused you and others, and seek to make each of them right, and then follow through?

Did she become responsible, accountable, and dependable in her daily life, with consistency and determination?

Did she undergo a psychic change in personality that made her nearly unrecognizable from the addicted person you knew before?

The questions listed above are designed to assess whether an individual has made a sincere effort to work through each step, and to understand the principles behind them, rather than just going through the motions. The 12-Steps are a powerful tool for recovery, when approached with an open-mind, honesty, and willingness. When the steps are worked in this manner, they can promote selflessness, integrity, and principles that are crucial for achieving and maintaining lasting recovery. At GraceWay Recovery, we understand the importance of this ongoing effort and work closely with residents to help them engage in this process and make real and meaningful change in their lives, not just short-term fixes. As a matter of fact, we insist upon it.




The approach of using the 12-Steps in conjunction with long-term recovery support is a powerful combination for individuals struggling with the disease of addiction. The 12-Steps provide a clear set of spiritual principles that help residents move from a self-centered mindset to a more altruistic and selfless one, and shift their beliefs, which in turn can change their behaviors. This change in mindset and behavior helps residents to gain a new perspective on their life, and help them to develop a healthier lifestyle that puts recovery at the forefront.

Our approach of utilizing skilled interventions and monitoring the progress of residents through each step, recovery plan, and milestone, is an important factor of helping residents overcome resistance to a new way of living. Our focus on compassionately, but directly, addressing resistance to change, in a manner that is proportionate with the gravity of their life-threatening condition, helps residents to understand the importance of making real change in their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, we’ve recognized that just not using or just not drinking is not enough for a lasting change to happen. We aim to provide residents with a vision for a life of purpose, to be reunited with their families in a healthy family system, and to adopt new disciplines and principles to live a life of excellence.