12-step programs need a major overhaul, IMO. They have not kept up with the various extenuating circumstances.
Yes, they are most certainly behind the times, they refuse to change the program even a little bit. Most people who stay for a long period of time beleive the AA doctrine is infallible and divinely inspired. Even though Bill Wilson himself didnt follow any of his own 12 steps. Sound like a typical cult leader? peace!