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.
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. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.
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. However, with the popularity the 12-step program has, and the personal success stories that are available, it is easy to suggest the model is effective.
12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.
Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme
There is no one quick fix it for all method approaches to 12 step program provided the overall objective is achieved regardless of different ways of 12 steps interpretations. 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.
The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:
We now accept the fact that we cannot control our lives but depend on alcohol because we have no control over our reliance on alcohol.
Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
Soul searching is your first obligation to self evaluation.
Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
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.
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. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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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Here are the 12 traditions:
The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
AA discourages lending finances or approving other outside facilities to benefit from the organization's structure to avoid conflict of interest that could distract the group from pursuing the overall group's common purpose.
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.
We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
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