• Lana Watts

Comprehensive List of 12-Step Programs for Addiction & Recovery


Developed in the 1930s, the first 12-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), helped its members overcome alcoholism. Since that time dozens of organizations have leveraged AA’s approach to address problems as varied as drug addiction, compulsive gambling and overeating.

All 12-step programs use a version of AA's suggested twelve steps first published in the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism.

Summarized by the American Psychological Association (APA), the process involves the following:

  • admitting that one cannot control one's alcoholism, addiction or compulsion.

  • coming to believe in a higher power that can give strength.

  • examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (experienced member).

  • making amends for these errors.

  • learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior.

  • helping others who suffer from the same alcoholism, addictions or compulsions.

We’ve put together the following master list as a useful cheat-sheet for therapists:

Free 12-Step Programs for Support & Recovery

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Eating Addictions

Support for Family Members

Illness Support

Gambling & Money Addiction

Addictive Behaviors

Self Injury

Trauma

Emotional Wellbeing

Sex, Love & Relationships