12 Steps Programs are popularly known for their use in treating the dysfunctional and addictive behaviors. The very first 12 Step Programs started with the A.A. (Alcoholic Anonymous) in 1930s and ever since, it has grown to be the leading approach used in dealing with the alcoholism recovery as well as from drug abuse and many other dysfunctional and addictive behaviors.

The first book that was written in order to cover the 12 Step Programs was entitled as Alcoholic Anonymous, which is affectionately known as ‘Big Book’ by the program members. By following the extensive subsequent growth of the 12 Step Programs for the other dysfunctional and addictive behaviors, many other books were written and published, and several videos and recording were also produced. Those materials cover the 12 steps in much greater detail as well as how people have followed or applied those steps to change their lives. An extensive background and chronology about the Alcoholic Anonymous history has been placed together at several books and institutions.

The 12 Steps programs were also adopted by many groups in order to address their own dysfunctional or addictive behavior with similar idea and only with minor variations. The 12 Step Programs were meant to sequentially work as a process to get rid of the dysfunctional and addictive behavior and must result in a huge growth in happiness and freedom, as outline in the first A.A. book. 

Because of the fact that recovery is a lifelong process, there is no wrong way in approaching the 12 Step Programs as the member or participant tries to identify what works out best for his/her individual needs. As a matter of fact, most of the participants notice that they must revisit some of the steps back or even tackle a single step several times before proceeding to next.

Here is the list of 12 Steps Programs as defined by the Alcoholic Anonymous:

• We should admit that we are powerless against alcohol that made our live become totally unmanageable.
• We need to believe that the power that is greater than ourselves could possibly restore our sanity.
• We need to make a firm decision in order to make our will, as well as our lives over the care of our God, as we understood Him.
• We need to search and make our own moral fearless inventory.
• We need to humbly ask God to help us remove the shortcomings.
• List the name of the persons that we had harmed, and willingly make some amends to them entirely.
• Make some direct amends to those people wherever and whenever possible, except when doing so would only injure or damage them further.
• Continuously take the personal inventory, and when we are in wrong, we should admit it promptly.
• Be sought to meditations and prayers in order to improve our contact with God, consciously, as we understood Him. We need to pray only for the knowledge of His will for us, as well as the needed power in order to carry that out.
• Having a spiritual awakening as an outcome of doing these steps, you need to carry this message to other alcoholics and exercise these principles in your entire affairs.