These Programs are based on the premise that people are in control of the choices they make and are directly responsible for the current state of their lives.
This is an empowering awareness; that is, if I am not satisfied with my current life situation, I can make different choices. I am no longer bound by the restrictive "That's just the way I am", life position. I am no longer a victim of the past or of others. I am a person capable of making choices today that are consistent with me attaining and maintaining those things that are important to me in responsible ways without hurting me or others. I am the only one standing in my way.