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Twelve Step Programs

The Reason For Twelve Steps

This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.


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. 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. Different understandings and religious ideologies are permitted as one of the principal aspects is the manifestation of God as the individual attending imagines him.


There are a lot of 12-step programs for many types of addictions and behaviour problems, all of them use the 12-step by step style to help people overcome their addiction.


Does The Programme Work

Due to the anonymous nature installed by the AA, and lack of provided information, it is difficult to know how effective the 12-step guide actually is. 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.

We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.


The Twelve Step Plan With 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. Some patients take on multiple steps at a time while some feel the need to step back and redo a previous step if they feel that it helps in tackling the current progress that they have.

Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous 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.
  • We seek the help of a support system with the power greater than us to help us recover.
  • Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
  • 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 humbly ask that he removes our shortcomings.
  • Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
  • Seek restoration of broken relationships caused by addiction without strings attached by checking out with the person first.
  • Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
  • Seek consolation from God through prayer and quiet time to understand and increase your knowledge of God's love help you to get a new sense of direction and perspective in future life.
  • Achieving spiritual enlightenment with these steps, we wield ourselves as instruments in helping others who are suffering what we had suffered before.

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The 12 Group Traditions

While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.

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

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Here are the 12 traditions:

  • Our shared welfare should be our first priority; individual recovery can only occur with the unity of the AA.
  • The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
  • The people at the helm of affairs of the group are not superior to others, they are there to serve us.
  • 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.
  • Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As a result, we should never be organized; but can pull together to make committees and serving boards in response to those they serve.
  • 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.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

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It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. 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).