What is a twelve-step program?
The twelve steps are a set of principles, spiritual in nature, when practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.
Do you have to be religious to join?
Although the program takes a spiritual approach non-religious people also benefit from the program. The spiritual aspect comes into play with the twelve steps and the reference to God or a “higher power”.
The 12 steps acknowledge that people may conceptualise higher power in different ways and clarify this with the addition of “as we understood Him” with almost every reference to God. The “higher power” concept is about recognising that some forces are beyond our control.
People of all faiths, even atheists and agnostics have been able to become part of the group and draw maximum strength from the group.
What happens in an AA meeting?
The 12 step program is a type of group intervention where systematically a person who has completely recovered from addiction and is maintaining sobriety from alcohol or any form of drugs shares his / her journey there by instilling hope in every recovering individual to start the journey to sobriety.
How is the AA meeting conducted at Anunitha?
Anunitha invites guest speakers from outside and also has in-house trained professionals who conduct the 12 step program along with other evidence based group and psycho-social interventions.
The 12 steps published by AA and followed at Anunitha as well are:
- 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 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 all 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
- Continue to take personal inventory, and when we are 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
What should I know before attending an AA meeting?
- Keep an open mind
- Don’t give up
Reach out for help as the strong sobriety support provided by people who maintain sobriety helps individuals recovering from alcoholism. Being in a nondrinking community of peers is much better than trying to remain abstinent around people who drink.
Talk to our professionals and individualize the treatment plan that best suits you. #SayNo
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