Twelve-step meaning

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Of or being a program designed to assist in the recovery from addiction or compulsive behavior, especially a spiritually oriented program based on the principles of acknowledging one's personal insufficiency and accepting help from a higher power.
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Origin of twelve-step

  • After the Twelve Steps name for the twelve guiding concepts of the Alcoholics Anonymous program for curbing alcohol addiction
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition