There are twelve step programs because they produce results (which is what I meant by "they work because they work"). Without results they would no longer exist. It seems circular, but the programs are a success because they produce results.
They also produce a dramatic result because that result is all they attempt. By limiting their focus so sharply, they are able to continue to achieve it. Every precursor to the modern twelve step programs attempted to reach for more and failed. Keeping free from distractions and diversions seems very important.
I find twelve step programs fascinating because they reflect how easy it is to reach God, at least for the singular miracles of:
- regaining free agency and
- being able to seek God
Sometimes we can do so much, because we seek so little, but so specifically, and find the greatest things of all.