September 21, 2007 8:33am CST
There are many 12-step programs available. I am most familiar with the ones that are for the alcoholic, the co-dependant and the children of the alcoholic. I know that these programs have been helpful to my family. Without them, our family would have spun in circles. My father has been sober for over 30 years. I remember what it was like when he was actively drinking and it was scary. Now I see programs for other aspects of life. What do you think of them?? Are you familiar with any of them?? Are they as helpful as the original programs??
• United States
21 Sep 07
I'm not fimiliar with them other than to repeat what has been told to me by the persons that went to these programs. They've all said it works and going every week to the sessions and group meetings has helped a great deal. As for myself and counseling, I've been for help back in my day and when I have the right person to talk to that I felt comfortable with, I can honestly say it helped a great deal just by talking about it. Now all can go wrong like a run away train with the wrong person/counselor so if you're not comfortable with the counselor you're with, by all means change.
22 Sep 07
To be honest I have not seen any others, but as you, I am very fimilar with AA & Al-non and the basics of the 12 steps. These are wonderful foundations really to help any one achieve a life change of any kind, IMO. So yes I think they could work for many things.
• United States
2 Oct 07
The main 12-step programs are a combination of self-help/group help for people who are suffering from an addiction. They set out 12 steps to guide your life by while overcoming your addiction. The other 12-step programs are for spouses and the children of the addict. These programs help us understand why the addict does things, what things to expect the addict to say and do, what the signs of addiction are and how to deal with our own personal feelings about the addiction as a disease and the addict personally. I have heard it said that the families suffer more than the addict.