Twelve Step programs are well known for their use in treating addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. The first 12 step program began with Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) in the 1930s and has since grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing not only with recovery from alcoholism, but also from drug abuse and various other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors.
The first book written to cover the 12 step program was titled "Alcoholics Anonymous", affectionately known as the Big Book by program members. Following the subsequent extensive growth of twelve step programs for other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors, many additional books were written and recordings and videos were produced. These cover the steps in greater detail and how people have specifically applied the steps in their lives. An extensive chronology and background about the history of A.A. has been put together at
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The twelve steps of the program are listed above and on the steps page in generic form. Other groups who have adopted the 12 steps to address their own particular addictive or dysfunctional behavior have similar ideas, usually with only minor variations. These steps are meant to be worked sequentially as a process of getting rid of addictive behaviors and should result in a growth in freedom and happiness, as outlined in the Promises. The general governing approach for A.A. groups was originally laid out in the Twelve Traditions, and they remain the guiding principles for most 12 step groups today.
There is a wealth of further information about 12 Step programs in Wikipedia, including a list of 12 step groups, and also from the numerous links in our directory of recovery related websites.
This is a list on Wikipedia of many 12 Step groups. This includes a wide variety of groups relating to many different areas of addiction that try to adhere to the 12 step principles of recovery as pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Wilderness Quest employs a 12-step program which guides students toward change and to a commitment to live principle-based and sober lives.
This website has worksheets in PDF format that you can download that are based on the book 12 Steps Unlocked. To get to the worksheets, click on the Step numbers on the left side of the screen, and then the appropraite link on information for that step. T ...
"Yoga of Recovery (YOR) is a retreat integrating the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the tools of 12-Step Recovery. It is open to all who are looking to overcome self-destructive or addictive tendencies." - From their website