The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps
The "12 steps" and "12 traditions" are one of the eldest programs for treating addiction, and is highly regarded as one of the best styles to approach any sort of addiction.
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. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.
This 12-step addiction regimen has become the standard guideline in beating addiction by other groups that manage support groups like Cocaine Anonymous and Debtors Anonymous.
The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness
The privacy of Alcoholics Anonymous membership and inadequate research results make it difficult to document the gains and success of AA 12 Step model program. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. 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 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. Some patients take on multiple steps at a time while some feel the need to step back and redo a previous step if they feel that it helps in tackling the current progress that they have.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous 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.
- We have decided to offer ourselves to our God.
- Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
- We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
- Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
- We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
- Make amends to all the people we hurt.
- Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
- Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
- 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 12 Expected Practices
This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.
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Here are the 12 traditions
- Our shared welfare should be our first priority; individual recovery can only occur with the unity of the AA.
- The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
- Our leaders are our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
- 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.
- Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
- 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.
- 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.
- Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
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