I see that some proponents of AA here do not support coerced or involuntary involvement with the program and I think that some of the controversy here would be lessened if the coercion element wasn't an issue. However, there are others that aren't simply interested in changing the 12 step system as the default go to for treatment while equally offering other options; there are some very fundamental disparities that some just cannot not ignore. I believe in freedom of speech and assembly but am concerned about (from my own experience) the coercion that takes place in the legal and social service systems.
I have overcome some addiction issues and while I did pray, made amends where appropriate and looked and the best and worst of me, at the end of the day (or beginning sometimes), no matter who I talked to or what I read and dwelt on, I had to confront the fact that I wanted to get high and ultimately had to make the decision on my own. My step one was deciding that I have the power of choice. Now, dealing with all my other issues doesn't seem so simple but I'm much more comfortable talking with trusted friends and family than any group situation I've been in.
My question is, what explanations (as concise as possible) support the credibility and usefulness (or not) of the 12 step system for you personally?
I found a lot of clarity and support with the route I have been taking recently but due to some legal issues, I'm finding myself again with limited options that are rather intrusive and at least seemingly, not very helpful, adept or empathetic.