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[attributive] Denoting or relating to a process of recovery from an addiction by following a twelve-stage programme, especially one devised or similar to that devised by Alcoholics Anonymous.
- ‘I'm thinking of forming a twelve-step group for authors addicted to Amazon.com.’
- ‘I've already joined a twelve-step program to help me with my aggression.’
- ‘Can the principles of twelve-step programs be applied to child-raising?’
- ‘I remember someone saying once that they really hated my books because they weren't ‘inspiring,’ but I just can't get with this idea that literature is a twelve-step program.’
- ‘Simply by being on the show, all six witnesses, as they were known, received free treatment in the twelve-step program of their choice.’
- ‘The third article presents a twelve-step approach to alcohol problems.’
- ‘He'd considered joining one of those twelve-step groups after his marriage hit the skids and his bank account consisted of a few bills in his pocket.’
- ‘In his study of the twelve-step programs, Chalfant found that the students who attended the group meetings distinguished the personal, spiritual approach of the programs from the institutionalized form of religion.’
- ‘Seekers must embrace the ethical requirements of truth and compassion, whether in an eightfold way or a twelve-step program.’
- ‘Anyway, for him, it's great news, as he has managed to swerve a trial for possession of coke and heroin by pleading no contest and doing the twelve-step reshuffle.’
- ‘Melvin's words, sweet as they are, are dripping with twelve-step rhetoric.’
- ‘No need for a twelve-step program or a sponsor or a little plastic chip that told me how many days it had been since my last shot.’
- ‘In the States, explained Kells, there are twelve-step programs everywhere, and everybody knows when they meet.’
- ‘In addition, Chalfant examines the spiritual elements in twelve-step groups.’
- ‘Perhaps this twelve-step approach has helped some people suffering from sexual addiction.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Maybe I can get into a twelve-step programme for this.’
- ‘‘Take one day at a time,’ they say in the twelve-step system.’
- ‘They founded treatment facilities, twelve-step programs and halfway houses.’
- ‘The answer in twelve-step programs is ‘No,’ an answer which points toward a very important distinction: spirituality and religion are not the same!’
Undergo a twelve-step programme.
- ‘We tend to think of our own culture as being overly therapized, New-Aged, twelve-stepped on, too ready to turn to the latest fad diet, homeo-aromatherapy ear candles, or Alexander technique to tell us how to lead our lives.’
- ‘Or, are these twelve-stepping starlets an out-picturing of a culture that is in pain and doesn't know any way out of it other than by numbing it?’
- ‘But even though Babbit gets carried away at times trying to be silly while making a point (homosexuality is not something that can be twelve-stepped away), her absolutely ideal cast keeps the comedy anchored in exaggerated but emotionally true performances.’
- ‘Despite all the hundreds of alcoholics he intensively twelve-stepped, despite earnest prayer and moralistic self-examination, his obsession with alcohol was not lifted.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So much for the effectiveness of AA, and twelve-stepping in general.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We always knew twelve-stepping was the best substitute for booze.’
- ‘He unapolegetically hasn't twelve-stepped his way into old age; indeed, at this point in his life, he'd probably croak if he stopped.’
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