The 12 steps and traditions, known as the Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the earliest programs designed to help people through recovery and is regarded by many as the yardstick for assessing any program that claims to help people break free from reliance on any substance or alcohol.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat 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 language use incorporated the term "God" in many ways, so that each group, each individual and each religious belief can interpret it in a way they will understand.
The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness
Due to the anonymous nature installed by the AA, and lack of provided information, it is difficult to know how effective the 12-step guide actually is. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.
Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps
Those applying the program can use different techniques as each person decides what will suit him because breaking free from addiction is a permanent struggle. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.
The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:
Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
We open up to God, to ourselves and to other humans the errors of our ways and the wrongdoings we have done.
Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
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.
While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.
Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.
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Here are the 12 traditions:
The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
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.
Financial assistance from external sources should not be accepted by members of the group as each member is expected to be self-sufficient.
Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
AA does not engage on matters outside the group's primary concerns and do not take part in public debate.
We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
Looking For Treatment
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).