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 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 people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. 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.
The Effectivity Of The Model
The impact of the 12 step program on people cannot be quantified due to the anonymous nature of the group and the absence of investigations to ascertain its impact. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.
The Original 12 Step Programme By Alcoholics Anonymous
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. 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.
Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version:
We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
Drafted a probing and courageous moral record of ourselves.
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.
Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
Seek consolation from God through prayer and quiet time to understand and increase your knowledge of God's love help you to get a new sense of direction and perspective in future life.
Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.
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The 12 traditions are:
Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
The objective of the group should not be jeopardized by mundane issues outside the only goal of the group in matters relating to financial issues, as such, AA group will not support any financial transactions outside the scope of the group.
External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
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.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
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