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.
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. The program worked very well, and soon enough the success of it mean other addiction groups adapted it and changed it to match their own requirements. 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.
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 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. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.
The Twelve Steps Of Aa 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.
The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:
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.
Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
We are ready for God to rid the bad characteristics in us.
We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
Make amends to all the people we hurt.
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.
Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.
12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. 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:
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.
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.
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.
External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
Alcoholics Anonymous is not a career opportunity, yet the centres engage services of professionals.
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.
Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
Finding Treatment For You
Do you want to overcome your dependence on alcohol and other drugs by using a proven 12-step program? You will discover the right program that suits you with more than 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups spread all over the nation (and thousands of other Anonymous groups that work with different substance abuse).