The 12 step program is considered to be a spiritual program at its heart, using spirituality in the broad sense of the word. This is consistent with the description given in Wikipedia, which points out that although spirituality is a widely used term, it does not have a widely agreed upon definition since it can have various religious, psychological, cultural or personal aspects. The 12 Step program leaves the discovery of the meaning and definition of spirituality up to the individual in recovery. One way this is expressed is in the third step when we turn our lives over to God as we understand God. Overall it could be said, however, that the 12 step program has been most effective for people who embrace a definition of spirituality that includes at least certain core principles, the most common being those of honesty, integrity, humility and/or love.

The videos below give an overview of the 12 Step program from a variety of different perspectives, showing how the principles of the 12 step program are versatile and adaptable to many personal belief systems. Some of the videos also present overviews of what to expect at meetings, from recovery centers or from therapists using the 12 step approach. Note that these videos are provided not so that you will totally agree with every one of them since each video may have a somewhat different perspective on a Higher Power. Some of these perspectives may be different than your perspective. However, hopefully you can feel kinship with one or more of the given perspectives and then gain some insights for deciding about and/or working your program. The goal is for you to be able to work the program effectively and find a fulfillment of the the 12 step promises in your life.

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12 Step Rap

Enjoy a Rap song about the 12 Steps, from Santa Monica Sam. Gives a catchy overview of all the steps. Peace-In. Peace-Out.


Sober MD

Dr. Douglas Cook provides an overview of the 12 step program and how it has worked in his own life as well as in his practice as a physician.


Fr. Martin

Fr. Joseph C. Martin provides an overview of the A.A. 12 Step program of recovery based on his extensive understanding and experience.



Tommy Rosen is a Yoga teacher in Los Angeles. His video is about an effective combination of Yoga and the 12 steps for maximizing recovery.


Rehab Center

A brief overview of how the English Mountain Recovery Center uses the 12 Step program to help people build a firm foundation for recovery.



An overview of how the 12 Step programs are used within the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) (also known as the Mormon Church).



Eric C of Lansing, MI, founder of the Secular AA Michigan fellowship gives an FAQ for agnostics and atheists in 12 step fellowships.


How It Works

Sober James explains in one of his YouTube videos how the 12 steps of A.A. and going to meetings have worked for him.



Practical suggestions for the substance abuse counselor, including contributions from both psychology and the 12-Step programs


Dr. John Kelly from Harvard

A.A. Study

Largest scientific meta-study to date on A.A. Scientists from Harvard and Stanford share their findings as published on 11 March 2020.


Dick Van Dyke on Alcoholism

Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke talks about alcoholism as a disease and in his own life on the Dick Cavett show from November 14, 1974.