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Helping clients incorporate the 12-step principles into their everyday lives.

12-Step Intensive Program

Makana Path isn’t like traditional treatment centers. Although our program is primarily driven by clinical types of therapy, you or your loved one does have the opportunity to participate in 12-Step education as a part of our 12-Step intensive program.

As a part of the BRC Recovery family of programs, Makana Path is a proponent of the program, but we recognize that it does not resonate with everyone. To make the 12-Step intensive program more individualized, we incorporate a few key features:

  • Practical educational sessions to teach you or your loved one how to incorporate the 12-Step principles into your daily lives.
  • The 12-Step intensive program is designed to build upon the progress made in clinical therapy sessions.
  • We apply 12-Step teachings in ways that you or your loved one can relate to and derive meaning from. These teachings are regardless of your spiritual beliefs and background.


While participating in the intensive healing program at Makana Path, you will spend time getting acclimated to the 12-Step program. Working through the steps at a gradual pace will help you or your loved one establish a strong foundation. The foundation that is built will encourage you to continue on to the next phase of treatment. Your treatment plan may include participating in more in-depth 12-Step programming.

Many members of our staff have personally worked through the 12-Step program themselves. This personal experience approach allows us to offer a unique, first-hand perspective that other treatment centers may not have. The intensive program is essentially a crash course in 12-Step education. It is designed to complement the other therapies that we offer at Makana Path. 

At Makana Path, we know that when the 12-Step program is combined with a holistic approach, it can lead to a better outcome in the recovery process. We feel you are better served with this form of treatment option rather than a more structured, traditional treatment. The end goal is to help you or your loved one reach and maintain a life of sobriety.


  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it.
  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Familiarity with the 12-Steps may not be enough to result in real change in recovery. At Makana Path, our goal is to help eliminate the confusion of the 12-Step program. We want to help you or your loved one gain clarity and identify the actionable steps you can take to apply these principles to your everyday life.

Recover With Us


Makana Path and our 12-Step Intensive Program are ideal for anyone struggling with substance use disorder who is seeking a more meaningful and deeper spiritual connection with something greater than themselves. For more information, speak directly with an Admissions Counselor by calling 


The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have many benefits. The process promotes an environment that is a crucial process towards regaining a sober lifestyle. The benefits include:

  • A strong support system: The support you will receive is provided from people who have experienced similar challenges as the ones you are facing. Their support and guidance are what can keep you focused on your goal of remaining sober.
  • An encouraging environment: The understanding and faith of those around you will pull you through the moments when you aren’t feeling strong. Because of the support of your “cheerleaders,” you will be able to overcome your bad days.
  • The act of holding you accountable: Regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and continued contact with your lines of support, will hold you responsible for your actions and decisions. This need to remain accountable can make the difference between a relapse or continued sobriety.
  • AA meetings are easy to find: This is beneficial because no matter where you might live or travel to, if the need for support arises, you can find a meeting to attend.

The theory behind the 12 Step program is to help you focus on breaking old habits and learning how to make better choices. The 12 Steps of NA and AA present a way for you to take a look at your life from a different perspective. Once you are able to accept the support of those who want to help you succeed, you will find that you are well on the way to recovery.

As a whole, the 12 Steps promote and encourage these behaviors:

  • Honesty
  • Acceptance
  • Compassion
  • Humility
  • Change
  • Courage
  • Self-discipline
  • Forgiveness


Makana Path offers a 12-Step program at a facility that is located outside of Austin, in nearby Elgin, Texas. Our program is ideal for anyone struggling with substance use disorder. We focus on helping you or your loved one find a more meaningful and deeper spiritual connection with something greater than yourself. 

For more information, speak directly with one of our admissions counselors. We can provide you information about the process of our pre-admission assessment. Take that first step towards a life free from addiction. We look forward to hearing from you!