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The 12 Steps Programs: Debtors Anonymous

There are many different fellowships that have adopted the 12 Steps philosophy that was invented for Alcoholics Anonymous. One of them is Debtors Anonymous.

Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship that seeks to help those that keep incurring debts, to stop this vicious circle. This all started in 1968, when certain members of the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship were in financial trouble. They banded together and tried various methods to help themselves with their finances, but they had failed with each one. In 1971, they started using an adapted form of the 12 steps philosophy to help them with their problems. It did them some good, but they were disbanded soon after.

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In 1976, there were about 2 or three people started meeting regularly every Wednesday in New York City. They used the 12 steps philosophy and were really trying to handle the financial problems they had incurred. As part of the 12 steps that they undertake, they make up a plan as to how they will repay their debt. That way, they can actually take actions to handle their situation.

In 1987, they held the first General Service Conference for Debtors Anonymous in Manhattan. So the Debtors Anonymous fellowship continued to grow steadily and as of 2009, there are over 500 Debtors Anonymous weekly meetings being held all around the world.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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