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Twelve Step Programs

The Secret Of 12 Steps To Success

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. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. The language use incorporated the term "God" in many ways, so that each group, each individual and each religious belief can interpret it in a way they will understand.


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 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness

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. 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. 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.


The Twelve Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous

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. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.

Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous 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.
  • Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
  • We have decided to offer ourselves to our God.
  • Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
  • Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • The outcome of the 12 step program prompts you to apply the same principles learned in this program to all other areas of your upon experiencing spiritual awakening.

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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. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.

These traditions have been used by some groups that use the 12 steps as part of their method to help people overcome addiction.

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The 12 traditions are listed below:

  • Individual recovery hinges on AA unity, leading to the organization's overall objective.
  • For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
  • The people at the helm of affairs of the group are not superior to others, they are there to serve us.
  • The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
  • Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
  • Each group has a main goal - spread the word to those alcoholics who are still in the tunnel.
  • Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
  • Financial assistance from external sources should not be accepted by members of the group as each member is expected to be self-sufficient.
  • While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
  • 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.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

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