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12 Step Plans

The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types 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. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.


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. 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.

Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. Numerous ex addicts have kept away from drugs because this model offers regular meetings which increase social sustenance.


The Twelve Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous

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. Some of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.

These are the Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps:

  • Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
  • 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.
  • We open up to God, to ourselves and to other humans the errors of our ways and the wrongdoings we have done.
  • We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
  • Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
  • Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
  • Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
  • Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
  • Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
  • It is our determination to teach alcoholics our resolution and make use of them in our daily lives because we have come to have a deeper understanding of our spirituality because of the steps.

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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. 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:

  • The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
  • For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
  • The people at the helm of affairs of the group are not superior to others, they are there to serve us.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • 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.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
  • External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
  • 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 is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
  • The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
  • Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
  • Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.

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