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12 Step Plans

The Secret Of 12 Steps To Success

This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.


The finest method to beat dependence from alcohol is the 12 Steps which was shaped by the forefathers of Alcoholic Anonymous 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. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. 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.


Does The Programme Work

The impact of the 12 step program on people cannot be quantified due to the anonymous nature of the group and the absence of investigations to ascertain its impact. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.

Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. Many people have recorded success in their struggles with addiction because of the encouragement received from associating with members of the group and the measures put in place to help members of the group.


Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps

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 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.

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.
  • Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
  • 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.
  • Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Twelve Traditions

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.

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 victory over addiction of a member is determined by our collective efforts, as the interest of the group takes precedence over any interests.
  • In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
  • Our leaders are our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
  • Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
  • Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • 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 should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous should always be unprofessional, but our service centres may hire special workers.
  • AA groups have no structure model to emulate, but work through appointed board members charged with responsibilities of direct service to the group.
  • The group name should never be involved in anything outside its jurisdiction because the group is neutral to external issues.
  • AA representation through the press, radio and film is anonymous and there is no hierarchy structure in place to govern different group's public relations.
  • AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.

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