What does the disease of addiction and the 12 step program have in common? The 12 step program is riding as a strong warrior with a mighty sword. The mission of the 12 step program is to battle the disease of addiction all over the Earth. And guess what? The 12 step program is coming out the victor. It doesn’t matter what drug you are addicted to, because basically they are all the same when it comes to addiction, including alcohol. Many “so called” addicts are not aware in the beginning that they are hopelessly addicted, as long as the steady supply of the abused substance is readily available.