The Twelve Steps, created by the organization Alcoholics Anonymous, is a framework for healing from alcohol addiction. It not only benefits the individual struggling with addiction, but also family members and friends who are supporting their loved one. According to SAMHSA, “Treatment effectiveness is believed to be maximized the more a client is able to personalize the concepts expressed by the steps into her own life.”
Because of how 12-step programs originated, we often think they are only for individuals struggling with alcohol addiction—but this couldn’t be further from the truth! This recovery system is geared toward healing, so it could be beneficial for other circumstances including drug addiction and codependency issues in relationships.
To give you a little more background, we’ve included the 12 steps below. According to VeryWell Mind, the 12 steps of recovery programs are: