Definition of twelve step in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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)
(Of an addict) undergo a twelve-step program.
Example sentences
  • 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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