The steps are a practical guide to recovery and full spiritual life, laid out in the Big Book of AA, and used by a large number of groups ever since. By definition, a 12-step program is based on the belief that recovery is best facilitated by diligently working the steps. The steps guide addicts by acknowledging their flaws and making amends for them. The final steps are designed to help the recovering addict reach spiritual awakening. Read more about the 12 steps.