The steps are all the same, with the exception of WHAT one is powerless over- alcohol, sex, debt, gambling, etc.
The steps are instructions for universal spiritual principles that transcend cultures, religions, and practices. Being honest wih ones self and others, finding guidance from a higher power or understanding or God or group of drunks (g.o.d.), stopping destructive thinking and behaviors, restoring relationships, helping others and sharing only ones direct "experience, strength and hope."
To go to most 12 step meetings, you have to qualify for membership- alcoholics don't like discussion of sex addiction, and gamblers look askance at drug addicts, for example. Commonness of purpose and suffering and, most importantly, a shared solution. Some groups have open meetings where anyone is welcome but participation is usually Limited to those with that specific problem.
I am blessed to have gotten sober in AA during college- my violent and destructive episodes of drinking were my first escape from my abuse. I felt power, control, and free when I drank- I also got overwhelmed with bottled up emotions and dug a deeper hole for my life, relationships and future.
Later on, my sexual acting out did the same thing. And I needed SAA to find healthy sexuality and help me stop the compulsion to being destructive with sex-which was really stemming from my abuse to begin with.
The simple formulat of the 12 steps is to admit the problem and ask for help from those who have a siolution. Stop making excuses and follow some simple steps to reclaim your life and find deeper connections and meaning and purpose.
We have to take responsibility for what we're not responsible for.
“It doesn't matter where you've come from,
It matters where you go" Frank Turner