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.
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 sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. 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 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. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.
Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme
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 acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
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.
Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
Pursued through prayer and contemplation to enhance our conscious interaction with God as we acknowledge him, asking only for awareness of his desire for us and the ability to execute it.
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.
While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.
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Here are the 12 traditions:
The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
The people at the helm of affairs of the group are not superior to others, they are there to serve us.
Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
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.
We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
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