The original 12-step This refers to the members of AA and the bonds of support between them. It is this fellowship that allows addicts to share their stories and accept each other in a world that is not always understanding. More, formed in 1935, to help alcoholics, regain control over their lives. It remains the largest 12-step organization and has contributed to the In 12-step programs, an individual is sober when they are no longer partaking in the behavior or substance to which they are addicted and living a better life following the program. Both are necessary to achieve sobriety. More of millions worldwide.