12 steps. 12 traditions
The essence of the proposed personal recovery program is reflected in the Twelve Steps, which describe the experiences of the earliest members of the Fellowship and self-help groups.
During the first decade of its existence as a partnership, A.A. gained considerable experience in helping alcoholics, which indicated that certain group positions and principles were very useful for the survival of the informal structure of the Fellowship. In 1946, these principles were set forth by the founders and early members of AA as the "12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous" in writing in AA's international journal Grapevine. They were accepted and endorsed by the entire Fellowship at the 1950 AA International Congress in Cleveland, Ohio (USA).