The Reason For Twelve Steps
This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.
Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps is a step by step guideline to assist drug and alcoholic addicts overcome vain attempt to quit at their will. 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. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.
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.
Is The Concept Functional
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.
For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.
The Twelve Steps Of AA 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. Some patients take on multiple steps at a time while some feel the need to step back and redo a previous step if they feel that it helps in tackling the current progress that they have.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps
- We acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
- 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.
- Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
- We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
- We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
- Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
- Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
- If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
- Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
- 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.
- Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
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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. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.
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The 12 traditions are listed below
- 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.
- Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- There is but 1 requirement to enter the AA, the need to quit drinking.
- Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
- Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
- 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.
- AA groups should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
- Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
- There is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
- 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.
- When handling media issues, we remain anonymous because we keep self-promotion at arm's length while advocating attracting people through our programs.
- AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
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