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Programs With Twelve Steps

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. Other sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.


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.


The Effectivity Of The Model

Due to the anonymous nature of the group, our data gathered is not sufficient for a conclusive report. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.

12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. Many people have recorded success in their struggles with addiction because of the encouragement received from associating with members of the group and the measures put in place to help members of the group.


The Original 12 Step Programme By 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.

The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:

  • We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
  • Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
  • Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
  • Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
  • We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
  • We are ready for God to rid the bad characteristics in us.
  • We humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
  • Create a list of everyone we have hurt and pursue a path to make things right with them.
  • Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
  • Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • The outcome of the 12 step program prompts you to apply the same principles learned in this program to all other areas of your upon experiencing spiritual awakening.

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The 12 Expected Practices

12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.

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The 12 traditions are:

  • Individual recovery hinges on AA unity, leading to the organization's overall objective.
  • In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
  • Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
  • The readiness to quit alcoholic beverages is what a person needs to become a member of AA.
  • Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • 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.
  • There is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
  • The AA name cannot be involved in public matters because Alcoholics Anonymous has no judgment on external things.
  • When handling media issues, we remain anonymous because we keep self-promotion at arm's length while advocating attracting people through our programs.
  • AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.

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