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Coercion noun The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats. —

We think that people in Twelve Step groups should be aware of and actively avoid coercion. This is hard, because the nature of addiction, with its physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual components, makes it difficult for someone to recover without help. That means care must be taken to avoid taking advantage of someone who is vulnerable to abuse.

Physical coercion

We have no reason to think that physical coercion in Twelve Step groups is any more common than in the general population, but we should be alert to the possibility, just as you should at your workplace. This would include things like rape and physical assault.

Psychological coercion

Emotional blackmail is much more common. This involves fear of rejection or disapproval by the group. Examples might target an athiest or agnostic, someone who does not think they need a rigid eating plan, or someone who, perhaps because of bad experiences, has intimacy issues. If you are taking responsibility for someone else’s recovery, you might be in danger of falling into coercion.

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