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.
Those who came up with the idea of Alcoholics Anonymous established these 12-step instructions to guide people who want to break their reliance on alcohol. 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
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. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. 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
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. 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 accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
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.
Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
Using the methods of praying and meditating, we seek to improve our own conscious and speak with God as we preserve him, asking only for his knowledge of will and power to carry on.
Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.
The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.
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The 12 traditions are:
The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
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.
Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
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.
Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special 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.
When handling media issues, we remain anonymous because we keep self-promotion at arm's length while advocating attracting people through our programs.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
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