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Plans Consisting Of 12 Steps

The Reason For 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.


Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. 12 Step program traces its roots to Alcoholics Anonymous but is today popularly used by support groups for all kinds of addictions. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. The tone of voice used in Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program emphasizes the role of God's power and in the intervention regardless of varied interpretations and beliefs on the existence of Supreme Being.


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.


Does The Programme Work

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. However, with the popularity the 12-step program has, and the personal success stories that are available, it is easy to suggest the model is effective.

12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.


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. It is common for patients to have to go back and redo certain steps or even take on more than one step at a time.

As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 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.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
  • Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
  • We open up to God, to ourselves and to other humans the errors of our ways and the wrongdoings we have done.
  • 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 sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
  • Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • 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 Group Traditions

While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.

The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.

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Here are the 12 traditions:

  • The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
  • For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
  • AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
  • We should not share or have outside opinion on the problems of the outside world; we do not want the AA name being dragged into disrepute.
  • 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.

Discovering Treatment

Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? 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).