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.
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.
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:
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:
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).