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.
The finest method to beat dependence from alcohol is the 12 Steps which was shaped by the forefathers of Alcoholic Anonymous The program worked very well, and soon enough the success of it mean other addiction groups adapted it and changed it to match their own requirements. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
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.
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. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.
For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. Many people have recorded success in their struggles with addiction because of the encouragement received from associating with members of the group and the measures put in place to help members of the group.
Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps
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.
These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps:
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.
Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
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.
Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
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.
This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. 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:
The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
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.
AA groups are self-supported and should not solicit outside financial assistance.
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.
As a result, we should never be organized; but can pull together to make committees and serving boards in response to those they serve.
The AA name cannot be involved in public matters because Alcoholics Anonymous has no judgment on external things.
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.
Finding Treatment For You
It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. 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).