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12 step programs

Posted by Cass on September 27, 2004, at 17:40:24

Are any of you in 12 step programs? They really change people's lives. I know it has changed my husband's life. I accompany him to his 12 step meetings often, and I love the support and acceptance I feel there. He was involved in 12 step programs long before I met him. I've never found a 12 step program that seemed quite right for me. I'm not an alcoholic (although I did drink excessively at one point in my life). I haven't been victimized by an alcoholic, so I don't fit in at Al Anon, and I'm not sure I really belong at CoDependence Anon either. I'm not a complulsive over eater, at least not to any severe degree.

I do come from a very disturbing family background, but I've never heard of a group just for that. The focus seems to be on children of alcholics.

I'd like to work on my spirituality by "working the steps", but it seems strange to do it independent of a group.

Which leads me to this: I feel like I should justify why this post belongs on the faith board. To anyone who doesn't know, 12 step programs require that members find their "higher power" and surrender to that higher power. I think that's the most transformative thing about the programs.

I need to surrender.




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