The Goal Of The 12 Steps
The "12 steps" and "12 traditions" are one of the eldest programs for treating addiction, and is highly regarded as one of the best styles to approach any sort of addiction.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. Other groups that were formed to battle dependence on drugs and alcohol incorporated the guidelines into their rules due to the general acceptance and wonderful result of the 12-step program. Many people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. 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 steps is also used by many other groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as different groups were formed to handle a variety of addiction problems.
How The Model Works
The privacy of Alcoholics Anonymous membership and inadequate research results make it difficult to document the gains and success of AA 12 Step model program. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. 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.
The Twelve Steps Of AA Alcoholics Anonymous
The group recognizes that recovery does not end with rehab hence it is all up to the recovering patient to adapt the best plan that works for his recovery. 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.
These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps
- We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
- Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
- Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
- Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
- Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
- Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
- Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
- 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.
- Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
- We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
- It is our determination to teach alcoholics our resolution and make use of them in our daily lives because we have come to have a deeper understanding of our spirituality because of the steps.
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The 12 Group Traditions
The 12 traditions are slightly different to the 12 steps, they will speak with the Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, instead of speaking to the individual. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.
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The 12 traditions are listed below
- Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
- AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
- Our own leaders are but disciples; they do not rule over us.
- AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
- If a matter does not have a general effect on AA or other groups, it should be treated as the responsibility of the group facing it as each group is independent of the other groups.
- Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
- Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
- AA groups are self-supported and should not solicit outside financial assistance.
- We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
- AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
- We should not share or have outside opinion on the problems of the outside world; we do not want the AA name being dragged into disrepute.
- We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
- Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
Would you be interested in discovering how the 12 Step program can change your addiction problem? There are over 50,000 national AA groups, and thousands more anonymous addiction groups for specific drugs, you are sure to find the right one for you.