Importance of 12 Traditions of AA During Recovery and After
Spirituality plays an important role in recovery from alcoholism or any addiction, for that matter. Discovering your inner self can help you dig the root cause of your addiction. How did it start? What were you lacking in you at that time? What were your internal and external circumstances?
Finding answers to these questions is like taking the bull by the horns. You are better able to discard addiction and embrace a fresh, sober life.
12 Traditions and 12 steps
The 12 traditions of AA play a pivotal role in your recovery process and beyond. Some people are of the view that these traditions prove to be more important after recovery. During recovery, you practice the 12 steps. You learn humility. You learn things like integrity, responsibility, surrender, making amends, forgiving yourselves, self-discipline, and more.
Traditions teach you to tame the ego. If ever you find deviating from a tradition, you must know you are falling into the ego trap.
Manifestation of traditions
Recovered people usually realize that the traditions naturally manifest themselves as they move ahead in life.
For example, the steps help you become sober. Once you recover from alcoholism, you help another fellow human being to enter sobriety. Now, this is where tradition manifests, as one of the traditions speaks about the welfare of others.
Attending AA Meetings and recovering yourselves is good. What is better is helping others recover. This is a selfless deed. That’s how Alcoholics Anonymous started. If the people who began this group did not care about helping others recover, there would have been no AA as it is today.
The chief function of 12 steps
The 12 steps of AA work on an individual level. They help an addict recover by following each step thoroughly.
The chief function of 12 traditions
Traditions of AA work on a group level. They help groups stay together and not destroy each other. They help to keep an understanding between groups that they are here to help each other, not make fun of, humiliate, scorn, or judge each other.
The traditions have come a long way in keeping AA strong and thriving. They promise to do so in the future too.
Ego and alcoholism
Yes, there is a connection. How many times did your alcoholic friends “challenged” your ego by asking you to compete in drinking? And you, in your ego trip, took their challenge to show how much you can drink and still be functional.
How many times did you proudly say you can stop drinking anytime or deny your alcohol problem? It was your ego speaking.
These are a couple of examples of how ego clashes with your true self and deviates you from sobriety.
Be humble. Be sober.
The first step of the 12-step program is to accept your alcoholism. You cannot do this with an ego. You must become humble to admit.
In addition, tools like Sobriety Calculator help you in counting your sober days.
Last not but least, AA traditions also help to keep your ego in check after recovery. An egoistic person can hardly help another alcoholic. And this may break the very foundation of AA.