Hi Atomic Tango Good questions! Having shunned the Steps for years, and only having taken them as a matter of life and death, I believe that every human being could benefit from working them. They are far more profound, in depth, and life changing than my preconceived judgment and condemnation allowed me to see. Essentially, I thought it was a cult program, which over time, I have seen that it is anything but. It is true that the Steps began in Alcoholics Anonymous, but it is not restricted to only alcoholics. There are hundreds of Fellowships, all people with different problems (Gambling, drugs, co-dependency, ad infinitum) and yes, there is a 12 program for emotional and mental illness as far as I'm aware. With all these fellowships, and vast and varied problems, they all have the same solution. Essentially, if I can explain the 12 Steps, it is a process you follow that results in a spiritual awakening, and a radical shift in your perception and psychology. It is a program that overlaps with most religious doctrines, yet is very open and no one forces a particular God or philosophy upon you. Essentially, if you're happy to stick with practical and scientific based solutions (which there is nothing wrong with), than therapy, CBT, and many other therapies can yield great results. However, if you're searching for something spiritual, the Steps is one of the many paths in life to find spirituality and a Higher Power. The process is essentially this: You surrender to a higher power You examine every part of yourself good, bad, and are willing to take stock of yourself and everything you've done with brutal honesty. You admit your faults. You work on consistent change by overcoming your flaws and practicing spiritual principles every day. You make good to every person you've harmed. You continue to watch your behaviour every day, and correct it as you go along. You find spiritual disciplines that keep you connected with a higher power every day (meditation, yoga, prayer, etc.) You help other people, predominantly other addicts/people suffering with the same problem as you. This is a very brief overview of how the Steps work. I'm well aware this program isn't for everyone. I would not have done it if I had any other choice, but it has turned out to be an incredible blessing. Essentially, the call is yours. There are many paths in life to take, each with its own adventures, struggles, and experiences. But essentially, if you're seeking, no matter which path you take, you'll be moving up the mountain. God speed, and if you would like to chat further, send me a message.