The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been utilized by millions for over 70 years, and have proven to be the single most effective model for treating addiction. While we use many different methods at Renaissance Recovery Center, the 12 step model effectively addresses the psychological, emotional, and spiritual components of addiction. When used in concert with other interventions, sobriety outcomes are significantly higher. Simply put, we use the 12 steps because they work. This all began with the Four Absolutes adopted by the Oxford Groups in the 1930s and was expanded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith to the current 12 Steps. Their chance meeting resulted in a sharing of experiences and ideas. They founded Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10, 1935 - Dr. Bob's first day of permanent sobriety.