Twelve step programs have proven to be effective in helping people recover from addictions and compulsions.
They are also giving support to friends and family that have been affected by these addictions and compulsions.
Twelve step programs use a specific set of principles to help people overcome certain addictions or compulsions in their lives.
The first ever 12 step program is the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It was developed in 1935 and since then has proven it efficacy.
After a couple of decades the next twelve step program, the Narcotics Anonymous (NA), borrowed the steps and principles used by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Since then quite a number of other twelve step programs have been born staying true to the core principles of that AA started.