The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps
This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. Other sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. 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
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.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.
The Twelve Step Plan With 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.
The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following
- We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
- We seek the help of a support system with the power greater than us to help us recover.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make amends to all the people we hurt.
- Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
- Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
- Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
- 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
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. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.
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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
- 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 not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- 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.
- Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
- 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.
- External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
- We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
- AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
- We should not share or have outside opinion on the problems of the outside world; we do not want the AA name being dragged into disrepute.
- We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
- AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
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