Twelve-step programs for addiction are mutual aid organizations for the purpose of recovery from substance addictions, behavioral addictions, and compulsions. It was developed in the 1930s, the first twelve-step program was Alcoholics Anonymous or AA. It gave people a place to overcome alcoholism. Since that time dozens of other organizations have been derived from AA’s approach to handling problems like gambling or drugs.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the largest of all of the twelve-step programs, followed by Narcotics Anonymous, the majority of twelve-step members are recovering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The majority of twelve-step programs, however, address illnesses other than substance addiction.
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