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12 Step Programs - Where Did They Come From?

Aug 16, 2008
12 Step Programs come in all shapes and sizes now-a-days. You can receive tremendous help for a variety of addictions, and at zero cost. Yes, they're free to attend. The 12 Step Model is an easy one to understand, though it can be very challenging to follow the steps. Those that do almost all experience freedom from their addiction.

The Grand-Daddy of 12 Step Programs is, of course, Alcoholics Anonymous. This is where it all began. In a small town in Ohio two men, Bill and Bob got together in their struggle with alcohol and navigated the labyrinth of alcoholism to find recovery. And they accomplished this great feat during the Great Depression of the 1930's.

It may come as a shock to you, but the 12 Step Program has stong roots in Christianity. In fact, you can find every step in the program referenced in the Bible in different places. The AA Big Book today still has many instances to "God" and "The Father." If I recall correctly, one of the spouses of these two men worked in an office associated with the Oxford Group. This connection to the Oxford Group, a Christian organization, would turn out to be powerfully influential in the development of the 12 Step Program of AA.

The early beginnings of 12 step programs centered around The Oxford Group, a religious group that offered a sequenced set of steps that would lead one to a fantastic life.

Today most refer to their 12 step experience as spiritual, not religious. This has great appeal and skirts around peoples resistance to religious rituals.

The 12 Step Program worked so well that it wasn't long before people suffering from other types of addiction began to create their own 12 step program. If you were to be a fly on the wall at 7 different types of 12 step programs you would notice that all the meeting follow the same format. For most every addiction there is now a 12 step program for it. If you suffer from a compulsion that you cannot seem to get over on your own, I'd strongly advise seeking out a 12 step program. You won't regret it.
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