Twelve Step Program
A twelve step program consists of a fellowship and twelve simple steps that, when practiced, create a life in recovery through tools that help you or your loved one act on healthy behaviors in order to avoid active addiction and rebuild a life beyond one’s wildest dreams.
The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. Through AA came Narcotics Anonymous (NA), who’s soul purpose is to relieve anyone from active addiction of any kind where the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. AA gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups—i.e. NA, Cocaine Addicts Anonymous (CA) and so on—to adapt the steps to you or your loved one’s needs.
Although the 12 Steps are heavy on spirituality, many non-religious people have found the program immensely helpful. The great thing about twelve step programs is that they allow you to choose a higher power of your own understanding. Whether that be a God of one’s understanding or the principles of the steps themselves, these fellowships are spiritual, not religious, programs.
No matter what belief a client has, the twelve steps welcomes all walks of life and are beneficial to anyone seeking help due to a drug and/or alcohol addiction problem. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and spiritual and/or religious beliefs.
Because recovery is a lifelong process, there’s no wrong way to approach the 12 Steps as the client tries to figure out what works best for their individual needs. In fact, most participants find that they will need to revisit some steps or even tackle more than one of the steps at the same time in every day life, but it all starts with going to a meeting.
For further guidance into a twelve step program and drug and/or alcohol treatment, International Recovery Center (IRC) is ready and able 24/7 to take your call and lead you to a life free from the deadly grips of active addiction. Call us now to help you or your loved one out of the desolate life of addiction at 888-946-7837.
Twelve Step Program: The 12 Steps defined by AA
Note: Every fellowship uses a different word that describes what they are powerless over in the first step (i.e. NA: “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction…”). It is best to find what fellowship best suites you or your loved one based off of such factors.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The 12 Traditions as Defined By AA
The 12 Traditions speak to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a group, focusing on how members interact with each other and other people outside the fellowship. The traditions are defined in the Big Book, the main governing literature of AA. Most 12-step groups have also adapted the 12 traditions for their own recovery. Traditions also further protect the anonymity aspect of the these support groups.
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
- For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority–a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
- The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
- Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
- An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
- Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
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