The Secret Of 12 Steps To Success
Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12 steps classical programs are held in high esteem as standard methods of recovery interventions for all kinds of addiction with a great deal of success.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. It gained its popularity from its early successful implementation in beating alcohol abuse that the drug rehab treatment adapted its own version of the 12-step program. Many nonbelievers have relied on the 12 Steps describing it very supportive despite the fact that it is strongly spiritual. The tone of voice used in Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program emphasizes the role of God's power and in the intervention regardless of varied interpretations and beliefs on the existence of Supreme Being.
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.
Does The Programme Work
It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.
Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.
The Twelve Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous
There is no one quick fix it for all method approaches to 12 step program provided the overall objective is achieved regardless of different ways of 12 steps interpretations. 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 are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
- Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
- Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
- Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
- We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
- We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
- Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
- Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
- Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
- We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
- We bring this message to alcohol addicts and carry out these values in our daily life through the spiritual consciousness that emerged from these steps.
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The Book Of Twelve Traditions
While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.
These traditions have been used by some groups that use the 12 steps as part of their method to help people overcome addiction.
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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- The victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
- The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
- Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
- AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
- AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
- AA group members primary mandate - is to share message of hope with alcoholics struggling to stay afloat.
- AA groups will never finance, lend or give the AA name to a group outside of the community, no issues with money, location or prestige should pull us away from our initial aim.
- AA groups are self-supported and should not solicit outside financial assistance.
- We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
- There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
- AA does not engage on matters outside the group's primary concerns and do not take part in public debate.
- Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
- AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.
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