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.
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.
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:
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:
Do you want to stop being dependent on a substance with the help of a 12 Step program? You will discover the right program that suits you with more than 50,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups spread all over the nation (and thousands of other Anonymous groups that work with different substance abuse).