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. 12 Step program traces its roots to Alcoholics Anonymous but is today popularly used by support groups for all kinds of addictions. 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 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness
The impact of the 12 step program on people cannot be quantified due to the anonymous nature of the group and the absence of investigations to ascertain its impact. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.
We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.
The Twelve Steps Of Aa Alcoholics Anonymous
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. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.
These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 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.
We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
We open up to God, to ourselves and to other humans the errors of our ways and the wrongdoings we have done.
Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
We bring this message to alcohol addicts and carry out these values in our daily life through the spiritual consciousness that emerged from these steps.
12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.
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Here are the 12 traditions:
Individual recovery hinges on AA unity, leading to the organization's overall objective.
In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
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.
Each group has a main goal - spread the word to those alcoholics who are still in the tunnel.
Each AA group should never be strayed from our main goal which could be affected from money issues, possession, and fame and the AA name should not be associated to any external firm or facility.
Financial assistance from external sources should not be accepted by members of the group as each member is expected to be self-sufficient.
We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
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.
We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.
It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. There are over 50,000 national AA groups, and thousands more anonymous addiction groups for specific drugs, you are sure to find the right one for you.