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.
This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. The program worked very well, and soon enough the success of it mean other addiction groups adapted it and changed it to match their own requirements. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. 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.
Does The Programme Work
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. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. 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
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:
We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
We seek the help of a support system with the power greater than us to help us recover.
Decided to give over our own will and our lives to the trust of God as we see and understand.
Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
Make amends to all the people we hurt.
Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
Admit to being wrong when we are so and continue to make inventories of ourselves.
Using the methods of praying and meditating, we seek to improve our own conscious and speak with God as we preserve him, asking only for his knowledge of will and power to carry on.
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.
The 12 traditions are slightly different to the 12 steps, they will speak with the Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, instead of speaking to the individual. 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.
We can locate a group for you if you give us a call on 0800 772 3971.
The 12 traditions are:
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.
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.
Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
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 should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
Privacy is the spiritual pillar of all our values, remarking that values are placed before personalities.
Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? There are thousands of Alcoholic Anonymous centres/groups across the country that could fill your needs.