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Twelve Step Programs

The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps

Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.


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. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.


There are a lot of 12-step programs for many types of addictions and behaviour problems, all of them use the 12-step by step style to help people overcome their addiction.


The Effectivity Of The Model

It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.

We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.


The Original 12 Step Programme By Alcoholics Anonymous

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.

These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps:

  • We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
  • Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
  • Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
  • We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
  • Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
  • 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.
  • We bring this message to alcohol addicts and carry out these values in our daily life through the spiritual consciousness that emerged from these steps.

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The Book Of 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. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.

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The 12 traditions are:

  • Our shared welfare should be our first priority; individual recovery can only occur with the unity of the AA.
  • In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
  • Our leaders are our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • AA discourages lending finances or approving other outside facilities to benefit from the organization's structure to avoid conflict of interest that could distract the group from pursuing the overall group's common purpose.
  • Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
  • We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
  • There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
  • 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.
  • When handling media issues, we remain anonymous because we keep self-promotion at arm's length while advocating attracting people through our programs.
  • Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.

Seeking Treatment

Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? If 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups nationwide statistics is anything to go by, your life could also change through enrolling and participating in this life transforming program.