The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps
Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12 steps classical programs are held in high esteem as standard methods of recovery interventions for all kinds of addiction with a great deal of success.
The finest method to beat dependence from alcohol is the 12 Steps which was shaped by the forefathers of Alcoholic Anonymous It gained its popularity from its early successful implementation in beating alcohol abuse that the drug rehab treatment adapted its own version of the 12-step program. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.
The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
The Effectivity Of The Model
The impact of the 12 step program on people cannot be quantified due to the anonymous nature of the group and the absence of investigations to ascertain its impact. We can only base its effectiveness on the success stories and how it had become popularly adopted by mainstream treatment centres.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.
Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps
Recovery from an addiction is a lifelong mission, so there is no right or wrong way to go about the 12 step program, the patient needs to figure out the best way that will work for them. Some patients take on multiple steps at a time while some feel the need to step back and redo a previous step if they feel that it helps in tackling the current progress that they have.
Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version
- Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
- We are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
- Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
- Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
- Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
- We are ready for God to rid the bad characteristics in us.
- We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
- Make amends to all the people we hurt.
- Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
- Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
- Pursued through prayer and contemplation to enhance our conscious interaction with God as we acknowledge him, asking only for awareness of his desire for us and the ability to execute it.
- Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.
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The Twelve Traditions
While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.
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The 12 traditions are listed below
- The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
- AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
- Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- There is but 1 requirement to enter the AA, the need to quit drinking.
- Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
- Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
- The objective of the group should not be jeopardized by mundane issues outside the only goal of the group in matters relating to financial issues, as such, AA group will not support any financial transactions outside the scope of the group.
- External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
- Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
- AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
- The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
- We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
- Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
Are you looking for a 12-Step program that will help you overcome your trouble of addiction? You will discover the right program that suits you with more than 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups spread all over the nation (and thousands of other Anonymous groups that work with different substance abuse).