The Reason For Twelve Steps
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.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. 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. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
Does The Programme Work
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.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome 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 Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous
12 Steps cannot be coped with in a specific way as each one has a particular method of getting help from the program as retrieval is lasts a lifetime. It is common for patients to have to go back and redo certain steps or even take on more than one step at a time.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps
- We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
- Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
- Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
- 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.
- Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
- Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
- If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
- 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.
- 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 Book Of Twelve Traditions
This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. 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
- The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
- For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
- Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- 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.
- 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.
- AA groups should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
- 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.
- There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
- AA does not engage on matters outside the group's primary concerns and do not take part in public debate.
- When handling media issues, we remain anonymous because we keep self-promotion at arm's length while advocating attracting people through our programs.
- Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.
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