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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)


Twelve-step sobriety program.

Saddleback's 12-step program began when Baker, a recovering alcoholic and increasingly devoted Christian, grew frustrated with the taboo of mentioning his higher power--Jesus Christ--at traditional Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In the secular world, the concept of a higher power--the cornerstone of 12-step programs--can be anything from God to a doorknob, depending on the spiritual comfort level of the person in recovery.

"At an AA meeting, you can talk about anything else, but not Jesus Christ," Baker says. "I'd be mocked when I talked about my higher power."
12 Steps, Christian Style, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 24, 1999

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