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.
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 people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. 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.
Is The Concept Functional
It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. However, with the popularity the 12-step program has, and the personal success stories that are available, it is easy to suggest the model is effective.
For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.
The Original 12 Step Programme By Alcoholics Anonymous
There is no one quick fix it for all method approaches to 12 step program provided the overall objective is achieved regardless of different ways of 12 steps interpretations. 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:
We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
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.
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.
We bring this message to alcohol addicts and carry out these values in our daily life through the spiritual consciousness that emerged from these steps.
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. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.
Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.
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The 12 traditions are listed below:
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 our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
If a matter does not have a general effect on AA or other groups, it should be treated as the responsibility of the group facing it as each group is independent of the other groups.
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.
AA groups are self-supported and should not solicit outside financial assistance.
Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. You may find the right group for you as there are over 50,000 groups that cater to the needs of a variety of addiction issues.