American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. 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.
- After the Twelve Steps, name for the twelve guiding concepts of the Alcoholics Anonymous program for curbing alcohol addiction. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The twelve-step program and the folks I met there saved my life.”
“And … and I will always be in a twelve-step program.”
“I did a lot of journaling and also attended twelve-step meetings.”
“The whole city needs a giant, King Kong twelve-step program.”
“Wilson, who started AA in the 1930s, thought LSD could help alcoholics have the "spiritual awakening" that is such an important part of the twelve-step recovery program he popularized.”
“Giving up booze, I could walk into the welcoming arms of a twelve-step fellowship group and find forgiveness and love.”
“There must be a twelve-step program we can get you into.”
“Still others start with twelve-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon.”
“Anonymous twelve-step programs have helped millions recover from addictions.”
“I'm seeing a stampede to the twelve-step program as fix-all!”
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