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Programs With Twelve Steps

The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps

Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.


The finest method to beat dependence from alcohol is the 12 Steps which was shaped by the forefathers of Alcoholic Anonymous 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. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.


The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.


Is The Concept Functional

Due to the anonymous nature of the group, our data gathered is not sufficient for a conclusive report. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.

The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.


Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps

The group recognizes that recovery does not end with rehab hence it is all up to the recovering patient to adapt the best plan that works for his recovery. 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 now accept the fact that we cannot control our lives but depend on alcohol because we have no control over our reliance on alcohol.
  • We are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
  • Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • We open up to God, to ourselves and to other humans the errors of our ways and the wrongdoings we have done.
  • Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Create a list of everyone we have hurt and pursue a path to make things right with them.
  • 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.
  • We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
  • We bring this message to alcohol addicts and carry out these values in our daily life through the spiritual consciousness that emerged from these steps.

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The 12 Expected Practices

While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. 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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The 12 traditions are:

  • Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
  • AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
  • Our own leaders are but disciples; they do not rule over us.
  • There is but 1 requirement to enter the AA, the need to quit drinking.
  • Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • 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.
  • AA groups are self-supported and should not solicit outside financial assistance.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
  • AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
  • The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
  • 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.
  • Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.

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