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.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. 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. 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.
Is The Concept Functional
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.
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 And The 12 Steps
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.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps:
Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
We have decided to offer ourselves to our God.
Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
Using the methods of praying and meditating, we seek to improve our own conscious and speak with God as we preserve him, asking only for his knowledge of will and power to carry on.
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.
While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.
The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.
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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
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.
The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
Each AA group should never be strayed from our main goal which could be affected from money issues, possession, and fame and the AA name should not be associated to any external firm or facility.
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.
There is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. There are thousands of Alcoholic Anonymous centres/groups across the country that could fill your needs.