One review of twelve-step programs warned of detrimental iatrogenic effects of twelve-step philosophy, and labeled the organizations as cults.] A subsequent study concluded that these programs bore little semblance to religious cults because the techniques used appeared beneficial. Another study found that a twelve-step program’s focus on self-admission of having a problem increases deviant stigma and strips members of their previous cultural identity replacing it with the deviant identity. A survey of twelve-step group members, however, found they had a bicultural identity and saw twelve-step programs as acomplement to their other national, ethnic, and religious cultures.
The same applies to Wild West Way! It is a leveling culture – where race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or any thing is not a factor. As long as each member concedes to their innermost self – and the group – their initial Step One powerlessness and a desire for help – each member is equal. This front-end admission and submission is a great leveler and creates an atmosphere conducive to healing, learning, and awareness.
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