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The Reason For Twelve Steps

This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types 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. 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. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.


There are a lot of 12-step programs for many types of addictions and behaviour problems, all of them use the 12-step by step style to help people overcome their addiction.


The Effectivity Of The Model

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. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.

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 Twelve Step Programme

Those applying the program can use different techniques as each person decides what will suit him because breaking free from addiction is a permanent struggle. Most participants go over these steps in the process of treatment to refresh memory and to achieve maximum impact of the success of this program.

The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following

  • We acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
  • 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.
  • We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
  • We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
  • 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.
  • Pursued through prayer and contemplation to enhance our conscious interaction with God as we acknowledge him, asking only for awareness of his desire for us and the ability to execute it.
  • 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.

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The Book Of Twelve Traditions

While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.

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

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The 12 traditions are

  • Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
  • 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.
  • Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.

Finding Treatment For You

Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? There are over 50,000 national AA groups, and thousands more anonymous addiction groups for specific drugs, you are sure to find the right one for you.