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The 12 Steps. Symbols, Myths, and Archetypes of Recovery

40Edition: EnglishAvailability: February 26, 2024

Through art, literature, and scientific research, delve into the history of the Twelve Steps – the path of recovery that has helped millions radically change their lives. Using symbolism and myths, this unique visual edition honors the transformative power of these universal principles and thoughtfully explores ways of aligning with them.

Hardcover, quarter-bound6.7 x 9.4 in.3.33 lb384 pages

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, and in all disorder a secret order.”

C.G. Jung
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The 12 Steps. Symbols, Myths, and Archetypes of Recovery

The 12 Steps. Symbols, Myths, and Archetypes of Recovery

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Transformative Visions

An illustrated history of the Twelve Step program

Drawing on art, literature, and scientific research, scholar and therapist Kikan Massara delves into the Twelve Steps – the widely used and respected program of recovery. Developed in the early 20th century to address alcoholism, the Twelve Step program was later found to be an effective tool in aiding recovery for all types of addictions and compulsive behaviors.


Now for the very first time
, Twelve Step recovery is linked to a visual narrative. This inspiring edition features over 150 timeless and compelling works of art — from antiquity to the present day — to metaphorically describe a soulful path toward healing and transformation using these principles of recovery that continue to help millions.


Featuring in-depth studies by leading experts in several converging fields, the book examines the history behind the Twelve Steps, from the program's origins in Depression-era America to building a foundation for recovery that incorporates concepts identified by psychologist C. G. Jung. The volume also offers relevant insight into the meaning of addiction in today's society. With striking imagery, literary quotations, and psychological references, the Twelve Step program is reintroduced to a wider audience as timely, accessible, and constructive. At a time of radical change and opportunity, this visual edition honors the transformative power of these universal principles and thoughtfully explores ways of aligning with them.

The author

Kikan Massara is a psychotherapist, author, and creative. A passionate researcher of consciousness studies, meditation, and emotional health, she has long used visual arts, symbols, and myths in her practice to facilitate access to the empowering resources of the inner world. 

The editor

Jessica Hundley is an author, filmmaker and journalist. She has written for the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and has authored books on artists including Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, and Gram Parsons. Hundley often explores the counterculture in her work, with a focus on metaphysics, psychedelia, and magic.

The 12 Steps. Symbols, Myths, and Archetypes of Recovery
Hardcover, quarter-bound17 x 24 cm1.51 kg384 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7697-0

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-9864-4

Edition: Spanish
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