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Twelve Step Programs

The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

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.


Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps is a step by step guideline to assist drug and alcoholic addicts overcome vain attempt to quit at their will. Other sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. The language use incorporated the term "God" in many ways, so that each group, each individual and each religious belief can interpret it in a way they will understand.


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

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. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.

The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.


The Original 12 Step Programme By 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 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:

  • 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.
  • We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
  • Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
  • 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.
  • Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
  • 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.
  • Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.

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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. 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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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.
  • The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
  • Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
  • Each group has a main goal - spread the word to those alcoholics who are still in the tunnel.
  • 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.
  • We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist 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.
  • AA does not engage on matters outside the group's primary concerns and do not take part in public debate.
  • Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

Discovering Treatment

Would you be interested in discovering how the 12 Step program can change your addiction problem? There are thousands of Alcoholic Anonymous centres/groups across the country that could fill your needs.