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Twelve Step Courses

The Goal Of The 12 Steps

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.


Those who came up with the idea of Alcoholics Anonymous established these 12-step instructions to guide people who want to break their reliance on alcohol. 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 people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. 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.


How The Model Works

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. 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.

The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.


The Original 12 Step Programme By 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:

  • 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.
  • Drafted a probing and courageous moral record of ourselves.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
  • Ask God's assistance to mend your ways.
  • Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
  • 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.
  • Seek consolation from God through prayer and quiet time to understand and increase your knowledge of God's love help you to get a new sense of direction and perspective in future life.
  • Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.

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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. 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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Here are the 12 traditions:

  • Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
  • 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.
  • The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is not a career opportunity, yet the centres engage services of professionals.
  • 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.
  • 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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