The 12 step program is considered to be a spiritual program at its heart, using spirituality in the broad sense of the word. This is consistent with the description given in Wikipedia, which points out that although spirituality is a widely used term, it does not have a widely agreed upon definition since it can have various religious, psychological, cultural or personal aspects. The 12 Step program leaves the discovery of the meaning and definition of spirituality up to the individual in recovery. One way this is expressed is in the third step when we turn our lives over to God as we understand God. Overall it could be said, however, that the 12 step program has been most effective for people who embrace a definition of spirituality that includes at least certain core principles, the most common being those of honesty, integrity, humility and/or love.
The videos below give an overview of the 12 Step program from a variety of different perspectives, showing how the principles of the 12 step program are versatile and adaptable to many personal belief systems. Some of the videos also present overviews of what to expect at meetings, from recovery centers or from therapists using the 12 step approach. Note that these videos are provided not so that you will totally agree with every one of them since each video may have a somewhat different perspective on a Higher Power. Some of these perspectives may be different than your perspective. However, hopefully you can feel kinship with one or more of the given perspectives and then gain some insights for deciding about and/or working your program. The goal is for you to be able to work the program effectively and find a fulfillment of the the 12 step promises in your life.
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