Why 12-Step Programs Matter

Why 12-Step Programs Matter

Recovery from addiction is best maintained with a combination of treatment types. This may include treatments like individual therapy, family therapy and psychoeducational counseling. In addition, many recovering addicts find that they are better able to cope with recovery by attending a 12-Step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Marijuana Anonymous (MA).

The first 12-Step program was founded in 1938 by cofounders Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith. This fellowship was titled Alcoholics Anonymous and sought to help alcohol addicts achieve and maintain recovery. Over time, 12-Step programs have been founded for a variety of addictions. While these programs have a similar foundation, their application to various addictions has proven very useful.

The Principles Behind 12-Step Programs

Although not all 12-Step fellowships are the same, they often share common principles and guiding steps. According to the Marijuana Anonymous World Services website, the 12 steps of MA include the following:

  • We admitted we were powerless over marijuana, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood God.
  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  • Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to marijuana addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

By going through these 12 steps, many addicts find that they are able to live meaningful, drug-free lives through the lifelong process of addiction recovery.

12-Step Programs for Marijuana Addiction

12-Step programs are important parts of addiction recovery, whether from addiction to marijuana, alcohol or any other substance. Those in recovery can often find local programs to fit their specific needs. For example, marijuana addicts can attend MA to build a fellowship with others who are addicted to this same drug.

In an MA meeting, group members discuss their lives and how they have been controlled by the use of marijuana. They may discuss their recovery experiences and what they hope to achieve in the future of their recovery experiences. This provides a useful place for recovering addicts to connect with others and support a meaningful recovering experience.

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