The Reason For 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.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. The program worked very well, and soon enough the success of it mean other addiction groups adapted it and changed it to match their own requirements. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
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.
The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness
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. However, with the popularity the 12-step program has, and the personal success stories that are available, it is easy to suggest the model is effective.
For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.
Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme
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.
Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version:
- We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
- Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
- Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
- Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
- Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
- Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
- We humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
- Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
- Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
- Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
- Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
- 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
While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.
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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Here are the 12 traditions:
- Individual recovery hinges on AA unity, leading to the organization's overall objective.
- 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 our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
- 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.
- 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.
- All members of AA should not be paid for his/her services but as a group, we may hire specialized personnel to do a job.
- AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
- In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
- Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
- AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
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