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The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.

Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps is a step by step guideline to assist drug and alcoholic addicts overcome vain attempt to quit at their will. 12 Step program traces its roots to Alcoholics Anonymous but is today popularly used by support groups for all kinds of addictions. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.

There are a lot of 12-step programs for many types of addictions and behaviour problems, all of them use the 12-step by step style to help people overcome their addiction.

The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness

The impact of the 12 step program on people cannot be quantified due to the anonymous nature of the group and the absence of investigations to ascertain its impact. We can only base its effectiveness on the success stories and how it had become popularly adopted by mainstream treatment centres.

The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.

Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps

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. It is common for patients to have to go back and redo certain steps or even take on more than one step at a time.

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.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
  • We are ready for God to rid the bad characteristics in us.
  • Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
  • Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
  • We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
  • 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 12 Group Traditions

While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.

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

  • The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
  • God, with his love, is our principal source of instruction in this group according to how He instructs and treats the group.
  • Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
  • Each group has a main goal - spread the word to those alcoholics who are still in the tunnel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
  • In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
  • AA representation through the press, radio and film is anonymous and there is no hierarchy structure in place to govern different group's public relations.
  • AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.

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Do you want to overcome your dependence on alcohol and other drugs by using a proven 12-step program? If 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups nationwide statistics is anything to go by, your life could also change through enrolling and participating in this life transforming program.