The 12&12 was published in 1952, 13 years after the publication of the Big Book. As the Foreword states, the 12&12 was written “to broaden and deepen the understanding of the Twelve Steps as first written in the earlier work” (p.17). This was necessary because the Big Book had been concerned primarily with the urgent question of getting and staying sober and had been written when the person with the most sobriety—Bill W.—had only 4 years. As time went by, Bill and others saw the need to use the Steps to grow more in recovery and practice their principles in all their affairs, not just with regard to the drinking problem. Also, as the fellowship grew, there arose all kinds of questions having to do with membership, money, personal and public relations, and a host of other issues. This led to the writing of the 12 Traditions contained in this volume.