12-Step Research Paper
Wilson wrote a total of four books on the subject of alcoholism (Wormer, 31). The pamphlet Alcoholics Anonymous gained national attention after being featured in an article in the Saturday Evening Post in 1940, which caused the Alcoholics Anonymous movement to take off, along with national recognition of the Twelve-Step Program (Trice, 90).
The mechanics of the Twelve-Step Program works is multi-faceted. Each member of the Alcoholics Anonymous group is an important component of the group and each group recognizes that recovery depends on unity. Every member is treated equally within the group; however, there is a leader or moderator, whose function is to facilitate communication among group members and introduce newer members or visitors. The philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous is that the only group leader is God with no one particular individual having superiority over another. There is no room for egos or judgment – only acceptance of each individual. The only membership requirement for Alcoholics Anonymous is a desire to stop drinking. Additionally, each group is independent (Cheever, 187). Regular, frequent attendance at meetings is encouraged (Wormer, 57). From a financial standpoint, each Alcoholic Anonymous group is responsible for themselves. Since each