The Goal Of The 12 Steps
This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from 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. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.
Similar 12 step-programs are presently being used with a great deal of success to treat addictions and retrogressive behaviours, from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
Does The Programme Work
It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. We can only base its effectiveness on the success stories and how it had become popularly adopted by mainstream treatment centres.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.
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.
Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version
- We now accept the fact that we cannot control our lives but depend on alcohol because we have no control over our reliance on alcohol.
- Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
- Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
- Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
- We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
- Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
- We humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
- Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
- Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
- Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
- 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.
- 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 Book Of Twelve Traditions
12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.
A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.
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The 12 traditions are
- Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
- 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 not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
- AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
- AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
- 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.
- Financial assistance from external sources should not be accepted by members of the group as each member is expected to be self-sufficient.
- Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
- AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
- 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.
- Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. There are thousands of Alcoholic Anonymous centres/groups across the country that could fill your needs.