12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. 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.
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Owl's Nest Mission Statement

The Owls Nest opened May 2003, in Florence South Carolina.

What started as a 12-bed, men-only addiction recovery program quickly grew into a co-ed program that, today, offers over 150 beds throughout the main campus and four transition houses.         

The Owl's Nest Addiction Recovery Program of Florence, S.C. is a program consisting of a planned, precise sequence of events that occur, resulting in long term, happy and productive sobriety. Primarily for persons who have failed again and again with high priced rehabilitation and/or detoxification facilities or other treatment programs, The Owl's Nest offers detailed instructions in the only time-tested and proven solution for the problem of addiction:

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The support, structure and instruction offered at The Owl's Nest gives residents the opportunity to learn and practice the principles of recovery that will create an unshakable foundation for living.

Thousands of those suffering with alcoholism and/or addiction(s) have successfully completed The Owl's Nest Addiction Recovery Program and found a balance in sober living, not only mentally and physically, but also emotionally, vocationally, socially and spiritually. This unique program has produced one of the highest success rates in the country for addicts and alcoholics of the seemingly hopeless variety. 

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  • The Answers

    Within an hour and a half of my arrival at The Owl’s Nest, I had the answers to questions that had perplexed me for 32 years. Questions like: “What is wrong with me?” and “Why am I different from other people?” I was in a house full of other people that had asked the same questions and found the answers. Not only the answers, but also the solution.
    Today, I have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. I am once again a productive member of society and am dependable and depended upon. I have a purpose in life now, and that purpose is to share with the alcoholic that is still suffering, that which was so freely given to me: hope.
    -James H. (Atlanta, GA)
    May 8, 2012
  • My Wildest Dreams

    I was a sixth-grade school teacher and did not understand what was wrong with me. I lost everything including my family, so I tried everything I could to stop drinking and taking drugs. I thought I was destined to die that way until I ended up at another detox center and was given the phone number to The Owl’s Nest Recovery Community.
    Never in my wildest dreams did I think my life would change the way it has. Now everything I lost has been restored and I am truly happy, joyous, and free.
    -Hope W. (Georgetown, SC)
    August 7, 2007
  • The Solution

    Having gone to so many treatments in the past, I did not think it would ever be possible for me to get and remain sober. Finally, on a last ditch effort, my family sent me to the Owl's Nest. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and truly got into THE SOLUTION.
    The obsession to use drugs and alcohol has truly been removed and my life has been totally transformed in my fifteen months of sobriety. God has also blessed me with the opportunity to work in the Admission's Department at The Owl's Nest, and I have not looked back since.
    -Devin M. (Lake Ariel, PA)
    January 20, 2014