The 12-step group program offered in some hospitals and churches is one of the therapist's greatest allies. It has immense, incomparable success for decades now in the treatment of addiction and other psychological/emotional disorders. I believe one big reason, among others, is that groups provide a sense of mattering and of being important that are essential in personal therapy. The millions of recovering addicts and character-disordered making it in the 12-step groups are raw data enough to compel any wounded person to investigate it. If you are hurt or severely abused, join 12 steps ... it's a way out! Let me know how I can help you here.