About the 12 Step Program
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
"Alcoholics Anonymous", affectionately known as the Big Book by program
Following the subsequent extensive growth of twelve step
other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors, many additional
written and recordings and videos were produced. These cover
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
Dick B.'s website.
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.