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The 12 Steps Programs: Nicotine Anonymous

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

The main purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help smokers overcome their habit and also overcome their addiction to nicotine. It was created in February of 1982 in South California by Alcoholics Anonymous members. It was first called Smokers Anonymous. It was changed to Nicotine Anonymous later when it was incorporated, since Smokers Anonymous was not available for trademarks. Shortly after the first group was created, another independent group was formed in San Francisco to address smoking problems with the 12 steps program.

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In 1986, the first conference for Nicotine Anonymous was held in Bakersfield, California. Nicotine Anonymous, unlike Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 steps programs, do not really emphasize the need for someone to be a member for all of one’s life. A lot of the members will come and go, for example, when they have attained their goal of being nicotine free, they might not attend every meeting after that for the rest of their lives. It is esteemed that the average number of members attending a Nicotine Anonymous meeting is about 7.

The movement, since its beginning, has grown a lot. It is estimated now that there are over 600 meetings located in at least 38 countries. This means that a lot of people can get help to quit smoking.


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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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