Definition of twelve step in English:

twelve step

Syllabification: twelve step


  • Denoting or relating to a process of recovery from addiction by following a twelve-stage program, especially one modeled on that of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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    • Through AA and its allies, both the concept of addiction and AA's twelve-step method became widely accepted modes of defining and treating personal problems.
    • The third article presents a twelve-step approach to alcohol problems.
    • Perhaps this twelve-step approach has helped some people suffering from sexual addiction.


(often as noun twelve-stepping) Back to top  
  • (Of an addict) undergo a twelve-step program.
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    • My brother (several months sober at the time) had twelve-stepped me into Al-Anon a few years earlier.
    • But you're right, something about twelve-stepping doesn't sit well with me, so I'm looking for a better path.
    • Beer: it's a national pastime, a vice, a Saturday night solace, a problem to be twelve-stepped over and now, it's a newsgroup.

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