Behavioral health conditions

Twelve-step Program for Recovery PRINT BACK

The twelve-step program is a set of guided principals outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction and other behavioral challenges. Twelve-step recovery programs are commonly recommended and rely on peer support to guide individuals to follow a lifelong program of physical, mental, and spiritual recovery.

One of the most common programs is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) but there are many other types of twelve-step programs centered on specific addictions, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Overeaters Anonymous (OA), and Gamblers Anonymous  (GA).

In a traditional twelve-step program, Individuals attend meetings with other recovering individuals to share stories and their history of addictive behavior and its consequences. They also share, together, their recovery journey and the successes they’ve accomplished.

Individuals who have achieved a stable period of sobriety serve as “sponsors” to newly recovering participants. Sponsors help others learn and apply each of the twelve steps to overcome denial about addiction, make amends to people harmed by past behavior, and establish a network of support to prevent relapse.