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The Purpose Of The Twelve Steps

This has become the standard program for recovery for almost all types of addiction.


This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. Other groups that were formed to battle dependence on drugs and alcohol incorporated the guidelines into their rules due to the general acceptance and wonderful result of the 12-step program. The 12-step program is heavily reliant on being spiritual, but despite this, a lot of nonreligious people find this approach extremely useful. 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.


The 12 Step Programme And Its Effectiveness

Due to the anonymous nature of the group, our data gathered is not sufficient for a conclusive report. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.

For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. 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

The group recognizes that recovery does not end with rehab hence it is all up to the recovering patient to adapt the best plan that works for his recovery. As a matter of fact, some aspects are usually reconsidered or challenged individually or as a whole.

Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version

  • Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
  • We are convinced that a greater entity can take us back to normality.
  • 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.
  • Disclosing to God, self, family, friends your inability to overcome addiction paves the way to recovery.
  • Be willing to let go hold on your life control to God.
  • We implore him to take away our weaknesses.
  • Create a list of everyone we have hurt and pursue a path to make things right with them.
  • If we know that reconciling with them will harm nobody, we do so at any time or place.
  • Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
  • 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.
  • 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

While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Definitions of traditions are contained in the Big Book, used as reference by Alcoholics Anonymous.

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

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Here are the 12 traditions

  • Our shared well-being should be given priority; individual retrieval is possible with AA unity.
  • In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
  • AA has trusted servants who share concerns with the led.
  • The will to give up drinking is the only condition for AA memberships.
  • Each individual group should be autonomous, only in situations that affect other parties of the AA as a whole will this need be accepted.
  • Getting the objective of the group to other ignorant alcoholics is the only goal of the group.
  • The objective of the group should not be jeopardized by mundane issues outside the only goal of the group in matters relating to financial issues, as such, AA group will not support any financial transactions outside the scope of the group.
  • External financial help has to be refused because every AA group should completely rely on itself.
  • 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.
  • AA shouldn't be prearranged; we may form service boards or teams which are in charge of those they help.
  • In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
  • Our matters on external policy are focused on attracting not advertising; we have to preserve our privacy with press, radio, and films.
  • AA spiritual cornerstone core value for all the group's traditions is to promote principles and not personalities.

Finding Treatment For You

Are you looking for a 12-Step program that will help you overcome your trouble of addiction? 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).