Have Objections to the 12 Steps? I Did.
Many people I’ve known in AA felt at home in meetings from the first time they attended and took to the Steps right away. I wasn’t like that at all. I didn’t relate to the people at my first meeting and when I read the Steps that were posted on the wall, I was tremendously put off. I was suspicious of “the God thing” and couldn’t see how any of the Steps, even the ones that weren’t overtly spiritual, related to me. I decided there was no point in ever going to another meeting.
Then I found myself in rehab where they told me my very life depended on AA’s program of recovery. I was required to attend meetings no matter how much I would have preferred not to. It took us a long time for me to see that AA had anything to offer.
So if you’re resistant to 12-Step programs, I’ve been there and known plenty of others who were too. Following are some articles about my objections — focusing on my first meeting and the first three Steps — and how I got over them.