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.
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.
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:
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:
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).