Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12 steps classical programs are held in high esteem as standard methods of recovery interventions for all kinds of addiction with a great deal of success.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat 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. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.
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.
The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness
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. 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.
For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.
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. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.
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.
We learned the importance of God and give him our spirit and our existence.
Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
We are ready for God to rid the bad characteristics in us.
We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
Create a list of everyone we have hurt and pursue a path to make things right with them.
Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
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.
Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.
While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by 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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The 12 traditions are listed below:
The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
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.
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.
Each group has a main goal - spread the word to those alcoholics who are still in the tunnel.
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.
Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
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 groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
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