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Twelve Step Courses

The Reason For 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. 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. Notwithstanding its focus on spirituality, it ended up being used by many mainstream treatment centres. 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.


The 12 Step approaches are applied to numerous dependence and obsessive conducts going 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. However, with the popularity the 12-step program has, and the personal success stories that are available, it is easy to suggest the model is effective.

Those who display sincerity in their attempt to break their reliance on alcohol and drugs receive the needed assistance from the 12-step plan. The regular meetings and communication within the community helps keep spirits high and take people away from relapsing.


The Twelve Step Plan With Alcoholics Anonymous

12 Steps cannot be coped with in a specific way as each one has a particular method of getting help from the program as retrieval is lasts a lifetime. Some patients take on multiple steps at a time while some feel the need to step back and redo a previous step if they feel that it helps in tackling the current progress that they have.

Take a look at explanation of 12 Alcoholics Anonymous steps:

  • Acknowledging your life is controlled by alcohol - makes the difference in shifting focus and attention to treatment.
  • Come to have faith in a power more immense than our own will bring us back to sanity.
  • Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
  • Drafted a probing and courageous moral record of ourselves.
  • Revealed the dark aspect of our behaviour to God, ourselves, and others.
  • Were prepared to have God eradicate all these flaws of personality.
  • Asked Him to eradicate our inadequacies.
  • 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.
  • Self-evaluation is a continuous process on the road to recovery, and admit wrong.
  • 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.
  • The outcome of the 12 step program prompts you to apply the same principles learned in this program to all other areas of your upon experiencing spiritual awakening.

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The Book Of Twelve Traditions

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

  • The group's well-being is our top priority as it is where our individual success is dependent.
  • The ultimate authority of our group rests in one God and let it be manifested in our group's conscience.
  • Our leaders are not reliable servants; they don't lead.
  • AA group membership joining requirement depends on the wish to stop drinking.
  • Every chapter or branch of AA is independent with the exception of matters that impacts other chapters or the entire AA community.
  • There is only one purpose per group, and that is the help those are still under the clutches of alcohol.
  • 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.
  • While our activities may require having specialized professionals in our employment, the group itself does not lean towards professionals.
  • There is no structural hierarchy in AA but committees can be built to service their members in need.
  • In its entirety, AA expresses no statements or opinions about anything that are subject to public interest.
  • We base our relations policy on attraction over promotion, we should always keep our anonymity from the TV, radio, film and press.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

Seeking Treatment

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).