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Is the 12 Step program a cult?

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Asked: 2019-01-02 23:44:12
So my daughter just got into treatment for heroin and she is learning about the 12 steps program, i did some google searches and there is stuff floating around that it is a cult and they are going to brainwash my daughter. Please help me, i need real people telling me who the hell Bill W is and will he hurt my daughter?


Answered: 2019-01-03 19:47:20

Hi Stressed Out Mom, I don't think that AA is necessarily a cult but in my opinion they Do have some cult like qualities. For example, there are many who subscribe to the idea that if a person doesn't work their steps, they will die. To me, it is not good that they say that they are the only way and those who do not follow their simple steps are defective. That being said, there are many paths to recovery and I believe that you should allow your daughter to navigate her own recovery and find out what is helpful to her. If you start getting in the middle of something that helps her, you could hurt her recovery and the process that she is in. I personally, have worked the steps and I found them very helpful. My main issue is that some of the things that the AA book teaches actually goes against my own worldview and beliefs, but that's just me. I know TONS of people who are involved in the 12 steps and they have done great. If your daughter says it is working for her, I would leave it alone. If your daughter finds it's not for her, then I would look for alternatives such as Celebrate Recovery or Science based SMART Recovery.


Answered: 2019-01-08 16:39:00

12-step programs are not a cult. Although I do from time to time joke around about being involved in a cult, it is not. Don't worry mom, everything will be fine. Many people lose the desire to use drugs or drink from doing 12 step programs.


Answered: 2019-01-31 20:30:37

Thank you Catherine and Heather for getting back to me. I will take your recommendations to heart. Do you think it is too much to call her 'sponsor' and talk to them?

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