A veteran An individual who attends 12-step program meetings and has the desire to overcome addiction. More of a 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. This usually refers to individuals with over a decade of 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.