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It’s been said there is a 12 step program for everything and yes, there is a 12 step program for depression. As most people know, the 12 step program was born with Alcoholics Anonymous and has been redefined and remade to fit specific interests over the years. And that’s because it is a successful program for so many people.
So the spin off groups of 12 step program for depression include Depression Anonymous, Depression Anonymous, Affective Disorders Anonymous and Emotions Anonymous. Emotions Anonymous is an excellent website and accesses resources worldwide. Most of the 12 step program for depression share similar approach to AA: anonymity, belief in higher power, admission of powerlessness, fellowship, and the making of amends. The acknowledgement of the power of free will and the ability to overcome whatever disease you are suffering from is a part of every program.
Many doctors go straight to meds when addressing the symptoms of depression. For a lot of people that is the right thing to do. For others, they would like to try an all natural approach. The 12 step program for depression offers that kind of solution. But if you are on meds for your depression treatment, you are not excluded from the group. Everyone is welcome and the program supplements the medication and even therapy. Many therapists now even recommend joining these programs.
The solidarity found in a group setting of the 12 step program for depression helps many depressed people who feel isolated, alone and misunderstood. For some people who lack the motivation to get dressed and leave the house, these meetings can provide the impetus for human connection in a safe environment.
Source: Emotions Anonymous, 12step, Depression Anonymous
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