The 12 Steps of AA refers to the backbone of the program of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a fellowship of both genders, men and women. It is their platform where they can share their strength experience and hope together, in a safe environment, which helps them to recover from alcoholism, and keep their drinking in remission. The desire to stop drinking is the only requirement for membership to AA. Membership fees are not required, it is optional. AA is not affiliated with any organization. The only purpose of AA is for its members to stay sober by helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the founders of AA, discovered by helping each other, they themselves stayed sober.
What are the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA?
The twelve traditions of AA apply to the life of the fellowship. They usually outline the way in which AA usually maintains its unity and relates to the world about it and how it lives and grows.
AA participants normally follow a the 12 steps so as to achieve and abstain from alcohol. The 12 Steps are designed so that a person, who follows them, has a “spiritual awakening”, which literally transforms them into a different person.
AA’s twelve steps can be described as principles that are spiritual in nature and enable the sufferer to live a relative happy and useful life. The AA 12 step recovery program is a kind of treatment rehab program for those who are suffering from alcohol addiction. Most participants use a sponsor to help them through the 12 step process and help the sponsee stay sober.
Here are the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:
- Participants admit they are powerless over alcohol and that their lives have become unmanageable.
- The participants came to believe that a power greater than themselves can restore them to sanity.
- Make a decision to turn their will and lives over to the higher power
- They have made a fearless searching of their moral inventory.
- Admitting to themselves, other human beings and their higher power the nature of their wrongs.
- They are entirely ready to have the higher power remove all defects in their character
- They humbly ask the higher power to remove their short comings.
- They have made a list of all they might have harmed and they are willing to make amends with them
- Make direct amends to the people they named in step 8 unless doing so will injure them or others.
- Continually take personal inventory and it they are wrongly prompted they admit it.
- Seeking to improve their conscious contact with their higher power through prayer and meditation, praying for knowledge of the higher power’s will and power to carry it out.
- With the spiritual awakening from following the steps, try carrying the message to others alcoholics and practice the principals in all they do.
Admitting that they have an alcohol problem can be difficult for some people but after they acknowledge that they need help stopping they can start their recovery process.
AA believes that those addicted to alcohol need to look to something greater to recover. They are free to choose any power that works for them.
This is so as to help them rebuild their lives in a caring and positive way. The participants are willing to let go of their old ideas.
This step requires participants to do self-examination even though it is uncomfortable. They are to identify areas of the past they regret.
They admit their past wrong behavior. They read out what they had written in step 5.
Everyone has some character defects whether it is impatience, negativity or apathy. Those recovering from alcohol addiction are not strong enough to eliminate them and they ask their higher power to help them.
Sponsors work hand in hand with participants to figure out how best to complete this step.
This is a commitment to monitor their behaviors which might be detrimental to themselves and others.
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