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It has been noted that interventions that focus on increasing attendance and are effective in increasing attendance may be insufficient to ensure active or continued participation, and that early dropout may be due in part to the inability of individuals to adopt or use other aspects of the 12 program steps. One of the most surprising things a newcomer notices when they start attending 12-step meetings is the lack of discussion about alcohol or drug use. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all its forms. More insidious harm can come from the idea of impotence when it is driven by treatment programs rather than by other participants in self-help.
You'll definitely find situations at 12 Step meetings where someone expresses dissatisfaction with life. This post originally appeared on Substance, a Pacific Standard partner site, as “Here's what I finally concluded about 12-step programs. What I was essentially saying is that people who go to 12-step meetings for a short time develop misconceptions about the program. Despite the benefit that can be derived from attending meetings and participating in 12-step activities, many people with LDS are reluctant to do so.
In addition, several 12-step programs, including AA and NA, have women-only groups that can be seen by many women as more welcoming and supportive and are therefore more likely to be served than mixed-gender groups. Several higher courts have made it clear that government, agency or court coercion to attend 12-step programs, such as AA, violates the separation of church and state of the First Amendment, since AA has been found to be religious in nature (both the legal and factual basis of this finding are part of this book). These approaches differ to the extent that they emphasize getting people to attend meetings, with the assumption that they will learn about the philosophy and principles of the 12 steps by “doing”, rather than trying to give substance abusers a better understanding of the components of 12-step programs, with the assumption that having a better understanding and acceptance of these principles will lead to greater participation. In addition, because many 12-step groups are made up mostly of Christians, people who have other beliefs may feel left out.
For example, the sixth step asks members to “be fully prepared for God to eliminate all their character defects. . .