I have 26 + years of freedom from chronic drug and alcohol abuse. I am alive, healthy, happily married, a father of three and grandfather of four because of 12 Step programs. Never mind the naysayers and self-proclaimed experts who take it upon themselves to come up with negative percentages regarding the success rate of anonymous programs.
Never mind the quantity of people I've personally seen saved. Try to fathom doing the math on how many have been able to stay alive and thrive since this extraordinary system was discovered back in the 30's or 40's. Furthermore, all 12 Step programs deliver. If you don't want to drink or do drugs, you will lose the desire as promised-without even having to go through the Steps themselves.
There are those who seem to "get it" without the process of working the Steps but for the majority, sober does not always mean "well". For those who aren't familiar with the 12 Steps, they are all about recognizing and changing self-destructive beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours in order to have clear communication with a Higher Power of each person's choice and understanding.
Being the imperfect being that I am, I've studied and experimented with all kinds of books, tapes, and seminars on self-development. I've seen nothing even close to what 12 Step programs have to offer, and it costs next to nothing to attend. Oddly enough, this process has even worked for those who've chosen to remain confirmed atheists.
From my experience, the most common reason that people shy away from attending meetings or working the Steps is the requirement to honestly look at one's self. This means putting down the magnifying glass, or telescope, if you prefer, and looking in the mirror.
To add, the 12 Step process is a very natural function of the creative universe. For anyone who takes time to understand what takes place throughout the 12 Steps, they will realize that every success of man throughout history was brought forth via the 12 Step process. I mean everything: from the discovery of the wheel, cures for diseases, every invention, and every other great accomplishment of mankind, went through this 1 to 12 phase procedure before it came to be.
Anyone who takes time to analyze what I've just stated will discover the facts. What Bill and Bob found and developed was no accident, it was and is a great miracle and an infinite, irrevocable law of the universe.
If world leading politicians had a 12 Step program and worked it, we would not have wars.