12-Step Program Basics
Since the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been the model of hundreds of other "self-help" groups throughout the world. Over 100 similar programs have adapted the to concepts to help people with every kind of drug abuse problem, addiction, compulsions, and a wide variety of dysfunctional behaviors. Today, millions of people attend 12-Step program meetings around the globe.
12-Step programs enable individuals to gain freedom over addistions through a process of self-examination of their past, spiritual growth, reconciliation of damaged relationships and sharing burdens with others to provide peace and satisfaction with the present - one day at a time!
Cornerstone Concepts Include:
- Anonymity and confidentiality
- Success requires willingness to change
- Accepting that you cannot do it yourself.
- A "higher power" is required to overcome addictive behaviors making it a spiritual program.
- Groups are comprised of non-professionals who share your problem. They do not offer counseling but rather share experiences.
- Admitted we were powerless over our addictive behaviors; our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves would restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- We made direct amends to those people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- We 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, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.