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.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. Other sustenance groups shaped the 12 Steps to their type of dependence thanks to the triumph of the program especially in the beginning. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
The 12 steps is also used by many other groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as different groups were formed to handle a variety of addiction problems.
How The Model Works
It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. We can only base its effectiveness on the success stories and how it had become popularly adopted by mainstream treatment centres.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.
Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme
12 Steps cannot be coped with in a specific way as each one has a particular method of getting help from the program as retrieval is lasts a lifetime. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.
Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps:
We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
We are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
We have made our mistakes known to ourselves, to God and to other people.
We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
We humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
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.
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.
Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
The 12 traditions are slightly different to the 12 steps, they will speak with the Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, instead of speaking to the individual. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.
These traditions have been used by some groups that use the 12 steps as part of their method to help people overcome addiction.
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The 12 traditions are:
Individual recovery hinges on AA unity, leading to the organization's overall objective.
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.
Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
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 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 shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.
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