The Twelve Steps are based on a set of spiritual principles that were created by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.
The Twelve Steps are based on a set of spiritual principles that were created by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. They have been used by millions of people across the world in an effort to make their lives more manageable. Newcomers to AA or NA are not asked to accept or follow these Twelve Steps in their entirety if they feel unwilling or unable to do so. They will usually be asked to keep an open mind, to attend meetings at which recovered alcoholics describe their personal experiences in achieving sobriety, and to read A.A. literature describing and interpreting the A.A. program. A.A. members will usually emphasize to newcomers that only problem drinkers themselves, individually, can determine whether or not they are in fact alcoholics. At the same time, it will be pointed out that all available medical testimony indicates that alcoholism is a progressive illness, that it cannot be cured in the ordinary sense of the term, but that it can be arrested through total abstinence from alcohol in any form.