How 12-step Groups Fit the "B" of the BITE Model

   Behavior Control

1.   Regulation of individual's physical reality
a.   Where, how, and with whom the member lives and associates
b.   What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
c.   What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
d.   How much sleep the person is able to have
e.   Financial dependence
f.   Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2.   Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3.   Need to ask permission for major decisions

4.   Need to report thoughts, feelings, and activities to superiors

5.   Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative)

6.   Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7.   Rigid rules and regulations

8.   Need for obedience and dependency