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.
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. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
The 12 steps is also used by many other groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as different groups were formed to handle a variety of addiction problems.
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. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.
Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps
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. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.
The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:
Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
We are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
We open up to God, to ourselves and to other humans the errors of our ways and the wrongdoings we have done.
We are ready for God to rid the bad characteristics in us.
We humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
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.
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.
The 12 traditions are slightly different to the 12 steps, they will speak with the Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, instead of speaking to the individual. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.
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The 12 traditions are:
Our shared welfare should be our first priority; individual recovery can only occur with the unity of the AA.
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.
The readiness to quit alcoholic beverages is what a person needs to become a member of AA.
Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
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 should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
As a result, we should never be organized; but can pull together to make committees and serving boards in response to those they serve.
In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
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.
The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.
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