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twelve-step

or 12-step (twĕlv′stĕp′)
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.]

twelve-step

adj
(Psychology) chiefly US of or relating to a method of treatment for addiction which consists of twelve stages and stresses the need for patients to acknowledge their problem and to take personal responsibility for it
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Here is some kitchen-tested advice that gets passed along the Twelve-Step meetings as holiday periods approach:
Several curricula can be used that outline this process, including several implementation manuals from federally funded studies, such as those outlined in the 1999 monograph Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy Manual: A Clinical Research Guide for Therapists Treating Individuals With Alcohol Abuse and Dependence and the 1994 journal article "Outpatient Treatment for Cocaine Abuse: A Controlled Comparison of Relapse Prevention and Twelve-Step Approaches." One of the most prominent and effective methods for treating substance-abusing lifestyles in contemporary corrections is the modified therapeutic community; in this method of change, a community of individuals live together, typically in a unit of the prison where pro-social values and behaviors can be stressed and reinforced.
The twelve-step program of AA takes a central role in the novel, becoming the support that helps Natalie through her dangerous behavior when the adults around her are unable to.
He is a philanthropist, active community member, and continues to be an active participant in the twelve-step community.
One of North Star Bakery's customers joked with Owner Donna Young about starting a twelve-step program to help those who have gone to the bakery, tried the morning buns, and now find themselves returning time after time for the delicious pastries.
Answers to these questions set the stage for what many spiritual masters call the purgative way, in which the Twelve-Step Program of Alcoholic Anonymous is suggested as a framework to one's first steps into spiritual wholeness.
When this happens, AA's defenders usually assert that the organization isn't really all that religious and that the "power greater than ourselves" referred to in its famous twelve-step program doesn't have to be God.
Twelve-step groups and the movement have been regularly and widely criticized, mostly for advocating the disease concept of addiction; suggesting a lack of control over behaviour and promoting spiritual recovery.
Twelve-Step treatment and recovery support likely will never be able to shed all criticisms directed its way.
It helps me to remember that this longing for clarity, so familiar to those in Twelve-Step programs, is expressed in a prayer for help--in the fervent hope for a kind of discernment that relies on God's grace and strength, every day.
encourages counseling, supportive participation in twelve-step programs, and family encouragement as vital to recovery, but he places primacy of effort on spiritual resources like mass, eucharistic adoration, daily prayer, and most especially the sacrament of reconciliation.
Throughout the book McCorkel draws comparisons between PHW and twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).