This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types 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. It has become known as a guiding fundamental summarizing the course of action in recovering from any compulsive and dependency to commonly abused substances.
This 12-step addiction regimen has become the standard guideline in beating addiction by other groups that manage support groups like Cocaine Anonymous and Debtors Anonymous.
How The Model Works
Due to the anonymous nature of the group, our data gathered is not sufficient for a conclusive report. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps
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.
Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version:
Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
We seek the help of a support system with the power greater than us to help us recover.
Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
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.
We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
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.
Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
Continue to implore the blessing of our almighty God through prayers and reflections to further improve our communication with him.
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.
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. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.
Similar 12-step programs trace their origin to Alcoholics Anonymous the 12 traditions recovery plan.
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Below are the 12 Traditions of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
Our own leaders are but disciples; they do not rule over us.
There is but 1 requirement to enter the AA, the need to quit drinking.
Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
AA discourages lending finances or approving other outside facilities to benefit from the organization's structure to avoid conflict of interest that could distract the group from pursuing the overall group's common purpose.
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.
AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
We should not share or have outside opinion on the problems of the outside world; we do not want the AA name being dragged into disrepute.
We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.
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