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.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. Other sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. 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 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.
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. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme
There is no one quick fix it for all method approaches to 12 step program provided the overall objective is achieved regardless of different ways of 12 steps interpretations. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.
As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 12 steps:
We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
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.
Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
Using the methods of praying and meditating, we seek to improve our own conscious and speak with God as we preserve him, asking only for his knowledge of will and power to carry on.
Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
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:
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.
AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
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.
AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
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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