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12 Step Groups

The original 12 Steps come from the Alcoholics Anonymous’ foundational agreements, where an alcoholic progresses through 12 distinct stages toward maintaining sobriety; recent adaptations of 12 Steps have adopted Higher Power verbage, thereby opening the meetings to non-religious persons. With the phenomenal success of AA, many other programs have adopted similar, appropriately-adjusted steps for their particular symptomology.  12 Step groups require participation in regular meetings, anonymity, sponsors, personal accountability but with tremendous support and acceptance of “shortcomings”, including relapse(s).