The Goal Of The 12 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 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. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.
Similar 12 step-programs are presently being used with a great deal of success to treat addictions and retrogressive behaviours, from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.
The Effectivity Of The Model
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. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.
We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.
Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme
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. 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
- Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
- Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
- 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.
- Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
- Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
- Make amends to all the people we hurt.
- Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
- Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
- Pursued through prayer and contemplation to enhance our conscious interaction with God as we acknowledge him, asking only for awareness of his desire for us and the ability to execute it.
- It is our determination to teach alcoholics our resolution and make use of them in our daily lives because we have come to have a deeper understanding of our spirituality because of the 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. 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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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.
- God, with his love, is our principal source of instruction in this group according to how He instructs and treats the group.
- AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
- There is but 1 requirement to enter the AA, the need to quit drinking.
- AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
- Each group has a main goal - spread the word to those alcoholics who are still in the tunnel.
- 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.
- Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
- 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.
- AA does not engage on matters outside the group's primary concerns and do not take part in public debate.
- We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
- The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.
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