Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by Alcoholics AnonymousLibrarians Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ISBN 0916856011 / 9780916856014
Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. Bill W.s 24 essays on the Steps and the Traditions discuss the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.
STEP ONE The Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions with Chris S
A history of the 12 Steps
A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction , compulsion , or other behavioral problems. The programs tend to be organized around autonomous local groups, where people in recovery meet regularly to support each other and work through the steps. Most twelve step meetings are free, non-commercial and open to anyone suffering from the particular affliction - for example, AA meetings are usually open to anyone "with a desire to stop drinking. As summarized by the American Psychological Association , the process involves the following: . Twelve-step methods have been adapted to address a wide range of alcoholism, substance-abuse and dependency problems. Over self-help organizations—often known as fellowships —with a worldwide membership of millions—now employ twelve-step principles for recovery.
Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous , recalls the fateful meeting that changed his life and planted the seed for the 12 Steps in the Big Book of A. The cheery voice of an old school friend asked if might come over. He was sober. It was years since I could remember his coming to New York in that condition. I was amazed. Rumor had it that he had been committed fort alcoholic insanity.
Bill W. Bob S.
I know this first-hand because I have attended AA meetings sporadically since I got sober in To be clear, I am not bitter about being let go, as I knew it was going to happen before I published the controversial issue. However, I am inquisitive and somehow still incredulous as to how an organization which emphasizes the crucial importance of a personal moral inventory in maintaining sobriety can so broadly shun questioning its own methods and traditions, both official and unofficial. Currently there are Step programs for hundreds of the multifarious afflictions and addictions which trouble humanity. The method undeniably involves a certain amount of proselytizing—the Oxford Group, after all, was founded by a missionary who believed that the root of all problems was fear and selfishness, holding as its central tenet that the purging of sinfulness must happen through a conversion experience.