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The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

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.


This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. 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. 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.


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.


Does The Programme Work

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. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.

We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their 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 And The 12 Steps

12 Steps cannot be coped with in a specific way as each one has a particular method of getting help from the program as retrieval is lasts a lifetime. 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.

As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 12 steps

  • Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
  • Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
  • Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
  • Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
  • Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
  • Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • 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.

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The 12 Group Traditions

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. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.

A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.

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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.
  • God, with his love, is our principal source of instruction in this group according to how He instructs and treats the group.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
  • Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
  • 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.
  • We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist 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.
  • 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.
  • AA representation through the press, radio and film is anonymous and there is no hierarchy structure in place to govern different group's public relations.
  • Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.

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