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Twelve Step Programs

The Reason For Twelve Steps

The "12 steps" and "12 traditions" are one of the eldest programs for treating addiction, and is highly regarded as one of the best styles to approach any sort of addiction.


Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from 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 people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.


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.


The Effectivity Of The Model

The privacy of Alcoholics Anonymous membership and inadequate research results make it difficult to document the gains and success of AA 12 Step model program. 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. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.


Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme

Recovery from an addiction is a lifelong mission, so there is no right or wrong way to go about the 12 step program, the patient needs to figure out the best way that will work for them. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.

Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps:

  • We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • We have decided to offer ourselves to our God.
  • Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
  • Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
  • Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
  • 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.
  • 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 Twelve Traditions Book

While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.

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The 12 traditions are:

  • Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
  • AA ultimate goal focuses on the authority of the love of God expressed through the group's common collective participation activities in sessions.
  • Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
  • Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
  • If a matter does not have a general effect on AA or other groups, it should be treated as the responsibility of the group facing it as each group is independent of the other groups.
  • AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
  • Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
  • AA groups are self-supported and should not solicit outside financial assistance.
  • All members of AA should not be paid for his/her services but as a group, we may hire specialized personnel to do a job.
  • 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 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.

Discovering Treatment

Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? There are over 50,000 national AA groups, and thousands more anonymous addiction groups for specific drugs, you are sure to find the right one for you.