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Programs With Twelve Steps

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.


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 groups that were formed to battle dependence on drugs and alcohol incorporated the guidelines into their rules due to the general acceptance and wonderful result of the 12-step program. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.


The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.


How The Model Works

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.

Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.


The Twelve Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous

Recovery from an addiction is a lifelong mission, so there is no right or wrong way to go about the 12 step program, the patient needs to figure out the best way that will work for them. 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.
  • Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
  • We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
  • We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
  • Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
  • 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.
  • 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 Book Of Twelve Traditions

While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.

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.
  • Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
  • 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.
  • All members of AA should not be paid for his/her services but as a group, we may hire specialized personnel to do a job.
  • AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
  • 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.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

Discovering Treatment

It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. There are thousands of Alcoholic Anonymous centres/groups across the country that could fill your needs.