AA's 12-Step approach follows a set of guidelines designed as “steps” toward recovery, and members can revisit these steps at any time. The 12 Steps are: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
The12 traditionsare the principles that keep 12-step support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous and the Al-Anon Family Support Group, focused on their primary purpose of fellowship. The 12 traditions serve as a guideline or manual that defines the internal operations of the 12-step programs.