This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. 12 Step program traces its roots to Alcoholics Anonymous but is today popularly used by support groups for all kinds of addictions. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.
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. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
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
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.
These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps:
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.
Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
We humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
Pursued through prayer and contemplation to enhance our conscious interaction with God as we acknowledge him, asking only for awareness of his desire for us and the ability to execute it.
The outcome of the 12 step program prompts you to apply the same principles learned in this program to all other areas of your upon experiencing spiritual awakening.
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. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.
Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.
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The 12 traditions are:
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.
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 individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
AA groups will never finance, lend or give the AA name to a group outside of the community, no issues with money, location or prestige should pull us away from our initial aim.
Financial assistance from external sources should not be accepted by members of the group as each member is expected to be self-sufficient.
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.
AA does not engage on matters outside the group's primary concerns and do not take part in public debate.
Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
Would you be interested in discovering how the 12 Step program can change your addiction problem? You may find the right group for you as there are over 50,000 groups that cater to the needs of a variety of addiction issues.