The Reason For Twelve Steps
Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. It gained its popularity from its early successful implementation in beating alcohol abuse that the drug rehab treatment adapted its own version of the 12-step program. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. The tone of voice used in Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program emphasizes the role of God's power and in the intervention regardless of varied interpretations and beliefs on the existence of Supreme Being.
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.
How The Model Works
Due to the anonymous nature installed by the AA, and lack of provided information, it is difficult to know how effective the 12-step guide actually is. We can only base its effectiveness on the success stories and how it had become popularly adopted by mainstream treatment centres.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. 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
Those applying the program can use different techniques as each person decides what will suit him because breaking free from addiction is a permanent struggle. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.
These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps
- We acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
- Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
- Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
- Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
- 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.
- We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
- Create a list of everyone we have hurt and pursue a path to make things right with them.
- 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.
- 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.
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The Twelve Traditions Book
While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.
The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.
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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
- The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
- Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
- Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
- AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
- AA groups will never finance, lend or give the AA name to a group outside of the community, no issues with money, location or prestige should pull us away from our initial aim.
- 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.
- There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
- 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.
- Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.
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