The Purpose Of The Twelve 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. 12 Step program traces its roots to Alcoholics Anonymous but is today popularly used by support groups for all kinds of addictions. 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.
The 12 steps is also used by many other groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as different groups were formed to handle a variety of addiction problems.
Does The Programme Work
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.
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 Twelve Steps Of AA Alcoholics Anonymous
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. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.
These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps
- We acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
- We seek the help of a support system with the power greater than us to help us recover.
- Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
- Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
- Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
- We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
- 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.
- If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
- Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.
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The 12 traditions are
- Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
- God, with his love, is our principal source of instruction in this group according to how He instructs and treats the group.
- The people at the helm of affairs of the group are not superior to others, they are there to serve us.
- AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
- 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.
- Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
- AA discourages lending finances or approving other outside facilities to benefit from the organization's structure to avoid conflict of interest that could distract the group from pursuing the overall group's common purpose.
- 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.
- The AA name cannot be involved in public matters because Alcoholics Anonymous has no judgment on external things.
- Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
- Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
Finding Treatment For You
Would you be interested in discovering how the 12 Step program can change your addiction problem? You will discover the right program that suits you with more than 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups spread all over the nation (and thousands of other Anonymous groups that work with different substance abuse).