The "12 steps" and "12 traditions" are one of the eldest programs for treating addiction, and is highly regarded as one of the best styles to approach any sort of addiction.
Putting history to the 12 steps - it was established by the Alcoholics Anonymous as a structured guideline to recovering from 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. Many people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. The language use incorporated the term "God" in many ways, so that each group, each individual and each religious belief can interpret it in a way they will understand.
There are a lot of 12-step programs for many types of addictions and behaviour problems, all of them use the 12-step by step style to help people overcome their addiction.
It is not easy to infer if the 12 Step model is functional because of the privacy of the program and absence of official research. Experiences of former addicts who broke their addiction using the principles contained in the traditions is a proof that it works.
The basic principles of support system, motivation and accountability are being employed in aid for people who are committed to getting well. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.
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. 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.
As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 12 steps:
While the steps are directed to the single person, the 12 Traditions are referred to the participants of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Alcoholics Anonymous are directed according to the principles in a book known as the Big Book.
Many other addiction groups have adapted the 12 traditions into their own recovery process.
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The 12 traditions are:
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