Twelve-step recovery is based on the original twelve-step group, Alcoholics Anonymous. Formed in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of those who wish to recover from alcoholism. Meetings are held in many countries across the world in many different languages. Twelve-step recovery has become popular in more than 500 different groups, from Narcotics Anonymous to Al-Anon, and Emotional Health Anonymous to Clutterers Anonymous.
The basis for twelve-step recovery is the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Originally published in 1939, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is the basic text for the program. The first 164 pages have remain virtually untouched, and contain a basic outline of the program. The second half of the book is full of stories from individuals who are in recovery through the program.
The program is worked by individuals going through the twelve steps. The twelve steps are the foundation of every twelve-step program. Click on a step to read about my experience with it: