This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. It gained its popularity from its early successful implementation in beating alcohol abuse that the drug rehab treatment adapted its own version of the 12-step program. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
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.
The Effectivity Of The Model
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. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. Many people have recorded success in their struggles with addiction because of the encouragement received from associating with members of the group and the measures put in place to help members of the group.
The Twelve Step Plan With 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. 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.
As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 12 steps:
We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
Make amends to all the people we hurt.
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.
Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.
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. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.
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:
Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
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.
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 should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
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.
We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? If 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups nationwide statistics is anything to go by, your life could also change through enrolling and participating in this life transforming program.