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12 Step Plans

The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps

The 12 steps and traditions, known as the Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the earliest programs designed to help people through recovery and is regarded by many as the yardstick for assessing any program that claims to help people break free from reliance on any substance or alcohol.


This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat 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. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.


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.


Does The Programme Work

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. This model is considered to be working as many testimonies have been recorded and it's very widespread.

12 Step model program is noted for support, encouragement and accountability by those who have been there done and have overcome addiction. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.


Alcoholics Anonymous And The 12 Steps

Recovery from an addiction is a lifelong mission, so there is no right or wrong way to go about the 12 step program, the patient needs to figure out the best way that will work for them. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.

Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version:

  • We gave up to alcohol - our lives have become uncontrollable.
  • Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
  • Giving ourselves to God according to our understanding is what we have agreed to do so that he will help us.
  • Self-appraisal is what we have done without any reservations.
  • 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.
  • Put down on paper a list of people you owe apology seek their forgiveness to restore relationship.
  • Made sufficient amends with these people when possible, except when this would harm them or other close to them.
  • Kept with taking a personal record and acknowledging any erroneous act.
  • 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 12 Expected Practices

This aspect of the program addresses the group in contrast to the individual approach of the 12-step program. 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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The 12 traditions are:

  • The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
  • For the sake of our group there is one unique power - a caring God as He may manifest Himself in our group morality.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • 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.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • AA discourages lending finances or approving other outside facilities to benefit from the organization's structure to avoid conflict of interest that could distract the group from pursuing the overall group's common purpose.
  • Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
  • While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
  • There may be committees or boards that will handle the affairs of members of their group while the group itself will not come together.
  • 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.
  • Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

Seeking Treatment

It is important to make the decision now and take advantage of a therapeutic program that incorporates the 12-step process. 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).