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 a brief overview of the Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) 12 Step program of recovery.



Tommy Rosen is a Yoga teacher in Los Angeles. He talks here about effectively combining Yoga and the 12 steps for maximum recovery.


Rehab Center

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



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



An addiction counselor, Mark McCarroll, talks about how atheists have used the 12 step program successfully since the beginning.



A brief overview of the different things that you can expect at 12 Step meetings, presented by J.J. Burkart from



A therapist that specializes in alcohol addiction explains some 12 step history and how the steps work in her own practice.