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12 Step Plans

The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.


Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. 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. 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.


The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous.


How The Model Works

Due to the anonymous nature of the group, our data gathered is not sufficient for a conclusive report. We can only base its effectiveness on the success stories and how it had become popularly adopted by mainstream treatment centres.

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 Original 12 Step Programme By Alcoholics Anonymous

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. It is common for patients to have to go back and redo certain steps or even take on more than one step at a time.

As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 12 steps:

  • We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
  • Belief in supernatural power to strengthen your resolve to walk through the recovery path.
  • 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.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
  • Make amends directly to those we have harmed save when our efforts will further hurt or harm them.
  • Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
  • 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.

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The Book Of 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. They are defined and described in the "Big Book", the main piece of literature the Alcoholics Anonymous have.

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

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Here are the 12 traditions:

  • The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
  • 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.
  • AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
  • Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
  • Each AA group should never be strayed from our main goal which could be affected from money issues, possession, and fame and the AA name should not be associated to any external firm or facility.
  • AA groups should be able to support themselves individually, and decline any help from outside organisations.
  • We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our principles come first before personalities, our anonymity lays the foundation of our traditions as a group.

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