The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous - The Atlantic - Alcoholics Anonymous was established in 1935, when knowledge of the brain was in its infancy. It offers a single path to recovery: lifelong abstinence from alcohol. The program instructs members to surrender their ego, accept that they are “powerless” over booze, make amends to those they’ve wronged, and pray.
summarized version but i like it...12 steps of recovery is one of the central key tools for remaking and recreating one's life, especially in terms of overcoming addictions. The 12-steps are not a 1 time exercise, they are to become a lifestyle which transforms your life into one which is filled with TRUE happiness, peace, and joy!
http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-local-aa ~~~ http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/local-meetings OR you can attempt to do it yourself (which CAN work, by the way): http://blog.rehabforteens.com/begin-10-steps-journey-new-life/ and http://www.wikihow.com/Quit