What are 12-Step meetings?

The 12-Steps is an abstinence based recovery program which helps support those suffering from addictions of all types.

While the original 12-Step process was based in religion, over the years it has been modified to include all beliefs, offering a spiritual program, rather than a dogmatic or religious one.

The 12-Steps offers the addict a non-judgemental supportive space in which to face their destructive behaviours, and find a new way of being. The meetings provide support, accountability and encouragement for everyone in the program.

How do 12-Step meetings work?

All meetings, no matter where you attend, follow a similar format and structure – so you can walk into a meeting in Cape Town, or a meeting in New York, and you will know what to expect.

The aim of the meeting is to offer a safe space in which to share what you are dealing with on a regular basis, in order to avoid internalising negative thoughts and feelings in a setting that is nurturing and supportive.

Regular meetings, working the steps and meeting with your sponsor on a regular basis offers a way out of addictive behaviours, thought patterns and feelings.

Types of 12-Step Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, is a 12-Step meeting for those suffering with alcohol addiction, or for anyone unable to get through a day without having a drink. This is the longest-standing form of the 12-Step recovery process.

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Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, is a 12-Step program for those who find themselves unable to live without or who abuse drugs of any type – from prescription medication to illegal substances.

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Sex Addicts Anonymous Meetings

Sex Addicts Anonymous, or SAA, is for anyone battling with obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours which involve intimacy, sex, pornography or masturbation. This is considered a process addiction.

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Gamblers Anonymous Meetings

Gambling Addicts Anonymous, or GAA, is the 12-Step meeting for those who are unable to stop gambling, both online and in casino’s. This is considered a process addiction.

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Co-Dependency Anonymous Meetings

Co-Dependents Anonymous, or CoDa, is the 12-Step program for those who find themselves repeating unhealthy, damaging behaviours in their relationships.

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