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Twelve Step Programs

The Goal Of The 12 Steps

Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12 steps classical programs are held in high esteem as standard methods of recovery interventions for all kinds of addiction with a great deal of success.


Those who came up with the idea of Alcoholics Anonymous established these 12-step instructions to guide people who want to break their reliance on alcohol. 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. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.


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. 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. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.


The Twelve Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous

The group recognizes that recovery does not end with rehab hence it is all up to the recovering patient to adapt the best plan that works for his recovery. 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.

The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:

  • We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • 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.
  • Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
  • Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
  • Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
  • Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
  • Seek consolation from God through prayer and quiet time to understand and increase your knowledge of God's love help you to get a new sense of direction and perspective in future life.
  • The outcome of the 12 step program prompts you to apply the same principles learned in this program to all other areas of your upon experiencing spiritual awakening.

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The 12 Expected Practices

12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.

Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.

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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.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • The readiness to quit alcoholic beverages is what a person needs to become a member of AA.
  • Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
  • Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
  • 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.
  • 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 is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
  • 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.
  • Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.

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