The Reason For Twelve Steps
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.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. 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. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.
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.
Is The Concept Functional
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.
We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.
The Twelve Steps Of AA Alcoholics Anonymous
12 Steps cannot be coped with in a specific way as each one has a particular method of getting help from the program as retrieval is lasts a lifetime. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps
- Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
- 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.
- Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
- Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
- We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
- Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
- Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
- If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
- Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
- 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.
- Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
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The Twelve Traditions Book
12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.
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The 12 traditions are
- The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
- In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
- AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
- AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
- Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
- 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.
- External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
- We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
- There is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
- 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.
- Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.
It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. There are over 50,000 national AA groups, and thousands more anonymous addiction groups for specific drugs, you are sure to find the right one for you.