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The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

The 12 steps and traditions, known as the Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the earliest programs designed to help people through recovery and is regarded by many as the yardstick for assessing any program that claims to help people break free from reliance on any substance or alcohol.


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. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.


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.


How The Model Works

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. 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. 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.


The Original 12 Step Programme By Alcoholics Anonymous

The group recognizes that recovery does not end with rehab hence it is all up to the recovering patient to adapt the best plan that works for his recovery. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.

The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following

  • 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.
  • We have decided to offer ourselves to our God.
  • Drafted a probing and courageous moral record of ourselves.
  • 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.
  • Make amends to all the people we hurt.
  • Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
  • Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.

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The Twelve Traditions Book

While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.

The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.

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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

  • Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
  • For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • The readiness to quit alcoholic beverages is what a person needs to become a member of AA.
  • AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
  • Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
  • Each AA group should never be strayed from our main goal which could be affected from money issues, possession, and fame and the AA name should not be associated to any external firm or facility.
  • Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is not a career opportunity, yet the centres engage services of professionals.
  • There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
  • The AA name cannot be involved in public matters because Alcoholics Anonymous has no judgment on external things.
  • We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
  • Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.

Seeking Treatment

Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? 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).