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The Reason For Twelve Steps

The 12 steps and traditions, known as the Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the earliest programs designed to help people through recovery and is regarded by many as the yardstick for assessing any program that claims to help people break free from reliance on any substance or alcohol.


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. The program worked very well, and soon enough the success of it mean other addiction groups adapted it and changed it to match their own requirements. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.


This 12-step addiction regimen has become the standard guideline in beating addiction by other groups that manage support groups like Cocaine Anonymous and Debtors Anonymous.


The Effectivity Of The Model

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.

Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.


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.

These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps

  • We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
  • Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
  • Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
  • Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
  • 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.
  • 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 Twelve Traditions Book

The 12 traditions are slightly different to the 12 steps, they will speak with the Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, instead of speaking to the individual. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.

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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

  • 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 our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
  • 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.
  • AA groups should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
  • 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.
  • In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
  • 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.

Finding Treatment For You

Are you looking for a 12-Step program that will help you overcome your trouble of addiction? You will discover the right program that suits you with more than 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups spread all over the nation (and thousands of other Anonymous groups that work with different substance abuse).