The Goal Of The 12 Steps
Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12 steps classical programs are held in high esteem as standard methods of recovery interventions for all kinds of addiction with a great deal of success.
The finest method to beat dependence from alcohol is the 12 Steps which was shaped by the forefathers of Alcoholic Anonymous Other sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. Many people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. 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.
There are a lot of 12-step programs for many types of addictions and behaviour problems, all of them use the 12-step by step style to help people overcome their addiction.
How The Model Works
The privacy of Alcoholics Anonymous membership and inadequate research results make it difficult to document the gains and success of AA 12 Step model program. 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. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.
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. It is common for patients to have to go back and redo certain steps or even take on more than one step at a time.
The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following
- Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
- We seek the help of a support system with the power greater than us to help us recover.
- Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
- Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
- Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
- Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
- We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
- Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
- Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
- Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
- We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
- 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 12 Expected Practices
This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.
A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.
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Here are the 12 traditions
- The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
- AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
- Our own leaders are but disciples; they do not rule over 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.
- Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
- 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.
- Alcoholics Anonymous is not a career opportunity, yet the centres engage services of professionals.
- AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
- We should not share or have outside opinion on the problems of the outside world; we do not want the AA name being dragged into disrepute.
- We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
- Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
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