The 12-step method was established in the 1930s by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith. The development of this program marked a significant shift in how society perceived and approached alcoholism and addiction.
In 1935, Bill W., a stockbroker, and Dr. Bob, a physician, founded Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio. Both men had struggled with alcoholism and found that sharing their experiences and supporting each other in recovery was instrumental in maintaining sobriety.
The 12-step method is known for its emphasis on spiritual principles, personal responsibility, and mutual support. It has been adapted for various fellowships such as NA, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and other recovery groups.
Many addiction recovery programs have adopted it as a base for their approach. While not everyone may resonate with the spiritual aspects, the 12-step method has provided a structured framework that has been beneficial for many individuals seeking sobriety.
A person revisits these steps at any time when needed. Slightly alternative versions exist for other addictions or compulsions. A member is encouraged to find a sponsor who will guide him through the steps and help the person stay on the road to recovery.
Restoring one’s faith in themselves and seeing that life is worth living is one of its goals. Forgiveness from others and himself is possible, bringing peace, acceptance, and hope. Believing in oneself, being worthy of second chances, and being willing to be accountable make all the difference. All this brings a new outlook on life, love, relationships and employment.
When followed and abided by, the steps close the door to relapse. It gives an individual new armour and new battle gear to face life soberly. Peace, acceptance, joy, and hope are the foundation of the 12-step program.
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