Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from alcohol addiction. The program worked very well, and soon enough the success of it mean other addiction groups adapted it and changed it to match their own requirements. 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.
The 12 steps is also used by many other groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as different groups were formed to handle a variety of addiction problems.
The privacy of Alcoholics Anonymous membership and inadequate research results make it difficult to document the gains and success of AA 12 Step model program. 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.
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.
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. Most participants go over these steps in the process of treatment to refresh memory and to achieve maximum impact of the success of this program.
Below is Alcoholics Anonymous' version:
While the 12 steps is directed to each alcoholic, the 12 traditions is directed to the group. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.
These traditions have been used by some groups that use the 12 steps as part of their method to help people overcome addiction.
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Here are the 12 traditions:
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