A 12-step program is a structured and widely used approach for overcoming various types of addictions, compulsive behaviors, or personal challenges.
The most well-known 12-step program is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which was founded in 1935 to help individuals struggling with alcohol addiction. Over time, the 12-step model has been adapted and applied to address other issues such as drug addiction, gambling addiction, overeating, and more.
It is characterized by its guiding principles, which are outlined in a series of steps that participants follow to work towards recovery and personal growth. While the specific steps can vary slightly between different programs, the general structure remains consistent.