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Twelve Step Courses

The Reason For Twelve Steps

The "12 steps" and "12 traditions" are one of the eldest programs for treating addiction, and is highly regarded as one of the best styles to approach any sort of addiction.


This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. 12 Step program traces its roots to Alcoholics Anonymous but is today popularly used by support groups for all kinds of addictions. Despite inclination to spirituality, 12 step programs are today adapted and used in non-religious settings for assistance. 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

It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.

We do know that the 12 step model provides support, encouragement and liability for anyone that generally wants to quit their addiction. The regularly scheduled gatherings and the sponsorship system show its impact on people who had successfully beaten the problem.


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 of the steps discussed in the program are repeated severally by those using the program.

The 12 Steps detailed by Alcoholic Anonymous are the following:

  • We accepted we were weak over the use of alcohol - that it had become an important, unmanageable part of our lives.
  • 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.
  • Made a full and thorough inventory of our moral capability.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • We humbly want God to help us eliminate our shortcomings.
  • We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
  • Prepared a list of all those people we have hurt and willing to compensate them all.
  • If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
  • Accept we are at fault whenever we realize that during personal assessment.
  • 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. The bible of Alcoholics Anonymous is the so called Big Book which contains the traditions.

Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.

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The 12 traditions are listed below:

  • Our shared welfare should be our first priority; individual recovery can only occur with the unity of the AA.
  • The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
  • 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.
  • Each group should be independent apart from things which can involve other groups or AA.
  • There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
  • Each group/chapter abstains from activities that deviate from our single purpose and should never get involved with any financial or enterprising endeavours.
  • Financial assistance from external sources should not be accepted by members of the group as each member is expected to be self-sufficient.
  • 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.
  • There is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
  • 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 maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
  • Being anonymous is the foundation of all spiritual traditions, keeping us close to remembering to value principles over personalities.

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