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12 Step Plans

The Goal Of The 12 Steps

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. 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. The language use incorporated the term "God" in many ways, so that each group, each individual and each religious belief can interpret it in a way they will understand.


The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.


Is The Concept Functional

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. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.

12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. 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.


Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme

Recovery from an addiction is a lifelong mission, so there is no right or wrong way to go about the 12 step program, the patient needs to figure out the best way that will work for them. 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.

Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps:

  • Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • We have decided to offer ourselves to our God.
  • Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
  • Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
  • Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
  • Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
  • Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • It is our determination to teach alcoholics our resolution and make use of them in our daily lives because we have come to have a deeper understanding of our spirituality because of the steps.

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The 12 Group Traditions

While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.

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Here are the 12 traditions:

  • The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
  • The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
  • Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
  • The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
  • AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
  • 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 should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
  • As a result, we should never be organized; but can pull together to make committees and serving boards in response to those they serve.
  • The AA name cannot be involved in public matters because Alcoholics Anonymous has no judgment on external things.
  • When handling media issues, we remain anonymous because we keep self-promotion at arm's length while advocating attracting people through our programs.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

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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.