The first book written to cover the 12 step program was titled
"Alcoholics Anonymous", affectionately known as the
Big Book by program members.
Following the subsequent extensive growth of twelve step programs for
other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors, many additional books were
written and recordings and videos were produced. These cover the steps
in greater detail and how people have specifically applied the steps in
their lives. An extensive chronology and background about the history of
. 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 . 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 .
Newcomers Guide View the Newcomers Guide for some straightforward tips and a quick overview about starting a 12 Step program. It could be the best thing you ever did.
Leaders emerge from within the structure of the informal organization. Their personal qualities, the demands of the situation, or a combination of these and other factors attract followers who accept their leadership within one or several overlay structures. Instead of the authority of position held by an appointed head or chief, the emergent leader wields influence or power. Influence is the ability of a person to gain cooperation from others by means of persuasion or control over rewards. Power is a stronger form of influence because it reflects a person's ability to enforce action through the control of a means of punishment.