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The Secret Of 12 Steps To Success

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


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. Other groups that were formed to battle dependence on drugs and alcohol incorporated the guidelines into their rules due to the general acceptance and wonderful result of the 12-step program. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. 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.


Similar 12 step-programs are presently being used with a great deal of success to treat addictions and retrogressive behaviours, from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.


The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness

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. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.

For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.


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. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.

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 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.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • 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.
  • Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
  • Ready to make up with people we have offended after writing their names down.
  • If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
  • 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.
  • The outcome of the 12 step program prompts you to apply the same principles learned in this program to all other areas of your upon experiencing spiritual awakening.

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The Twelve Traditions

12 Traditions primarily target Alcoholics Anonymous group members, in addition to paying special attention and focus on individual transformation during the process. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 12 traditions are often applied to other retrieval plans by most 12-step groups.

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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.
  • God, with his love, is our principal source of instruction in this group according to how He instructs and treats the group.
  • The people at the helm of affairs of the group are not superior to others, they are there to serve us.
  • Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
  • Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • 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.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is not a career opportunity, yet the centres engage services of professionals.
  • AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
  • 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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