The Reason For Twelve Steps
This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.
Those who came up with the idea of Alcoholics Anonymous established these 12-step instructions to guide people who want to break their reliance on alcohol. 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. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. The tone of voice used in Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program emphasizes the role of God's power and in the intervention regardless of varied interpretations and beliefs on the existence of Supreme Being.
The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
Does The Programme Work
Due to the anonymous nature of the group, our data gathered is not sufficient for a conclusive report. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. Many people have recorded success in their struggles with addiction because of the encouragement received from associating with members of the group and the measures put in place to help members of the group.
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. Most participants go over these steps in the process of treatment to refresh memory and to achieve maximum impact of the success of this program.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps
- We acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
- We are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
- Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
- Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
- Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
- We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
- We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
- Make amends to all the people we hurt.
- If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
- Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
- 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 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
These traditions have been used by some groups that use the 12 steps as part of their method to help people overcome addiction.
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The 12 traditions are
- 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.
- AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
- Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
- AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
- Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
- Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
- While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
- As a result, we should never be organized; but can pull together to make committees and serving boards in response to those they serve.
- In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
- We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
- AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
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It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. 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).