19 Oct Alcoholics Anonymous For Sober Living
The December of 1933 marked the end of the Prohibition Period in the United States of America. The prohibition period lasted 13 years. This movement was led by a group of people who called themselves “Dry crusaders.” Their goal was to prohibit people (representing different levels of society) from drinking alcoholic beverages. Under the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, this prohibition became a mandate, thus giving birth to the Volstead Act.
Conception of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
In 1935, after two years of the end of Prohibition period, Alcoholics Anonymous was established. The conception of this idea began in the minds of Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson in Akron, Ohio. Their goal was to help people struggling with alcohol addiction quit alcohol and start a life of sobriety.
With the help of fellow members, they developed a 12 Step program to help people recover from alcohol addiction. In 1946, they published twelve traditions that accompany their 12 step recovery program. These traditions were focused on improving relationships among people following the 12 step program, other members in AA and the overall society.
They only condition of these traditions was to remain anonymous in public media and selflessly help people who were struggling with alcohol addiction. A few other addiction programs such as Narcotics Anonymous also adopted AA’s twelve step program and adapted its steps to help people struggling with narcotics addiction.
AA’s 12 steps system’s effectiveness is due to its spiritual foundation for recovery. It is one of the main reasons why sober living homes adopt this program and incorporate it in their recovery phases. As per a latest AA survey (published in 2007) conducted among 8,000 North American people, it was found that almost 33 percent of the people from the focused group remained sober for over 10 years. 12 percent of people maintained their sobriety for a period of 5 – 10 years; 24 percent managed it for 1 – 5 years; and 31 percent of people abstained from alcohol for over a year. With these promising results backing the effectiveness of AA’s 12 step program, it would be foolish to doubt the efficacy of this recovery program.
The 12 Step Program by Alcohol Anonymous
Here are the original twelve steps published by Alcoholics Anonymous :
- 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 over 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.
- 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 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.
Sober Living Houses Incorporating AA’s 12 Step Recovery Program
As we know, AA’s focus is on continued abstinence. A sober living house that incorporates a 12 step program understands the value of abstinence and encourages their residents to attend local AA meetings regularly. They also help them find the right sponsor and guide them towards an efficient recovery network.
At Constellations Recovery, we also share the same ideology and want to help our residents go through the 12-Steps of recovery. We keep ourselves updated with local AA events and organize various outdoor group activities, picnics, etc. to help our residents feel refreshed after an emotionally draining AA session. We also encourage our residents to speak at different AA programs and share their experience, so that other recovering individuals can see and find hope for themselves and strength on their way to recovery.